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Iron deficiancy anemia?

For those who didn't see my long, stressed out posts on this subject, my daughter was diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia this weekend, after suffering pretty severe symptoms. She's home from the hospital now, and starting oral iron supplements. I was just wondering whether anyone else has ever dealt with anemia, either personally or through a family member? If so, how was the recovery process? When were you able to return to your normal activities? When did you start really feeling better? If there's any advice/wisdom you can share I'd really appreciate it.


Asked by lytate95 at 10:22 PM on Mar. 29, 2011 in Kids' Health

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  • Aww, mama, hugs!!

    I have iron-deficiency anemia, though not severe enough to be hospitalized. I have to take iron supplements as well as prenatals, and my iron levels are still borderline.

    I'm sure your doctor or nutritionist has given you a list of high iron foods, but here's a link to another:

    I don't remember how long it took for my energy to rebound, but it does take a little while for levels to stabilize, maybe even weeks. 

    I hope she recovers soon!  Hang in there, mama!  =)


    Answer by musicpisces at 10:29 PM on Mar. 29, 2011

  • Limit or eliminate dairy from her diet. Dairy can interfere with the absorption of iron.

    Answer by motherofhope98 at 7:17 AM on Mar. 30, 2011

  • Definitely eliminate dairy. Be sure to include foods with vitamin C with iron rich foods; C increases the absorption of the iron.

    You can find a great listing of iron rich foods here:, like tofu, quinoa, lentils, etc.


    Answer by rkoloms at 7:11 PM on Mar. 30, 2011