So in a nutshell, iron deficiency anemia is the
most common nutritional deficiency worldwide.
Babies begin to store their iron
during their last 3 months in-utero.
After they're born, the stores are going
to wane by about 5 to 6 months of age.
Breast milk has a very low amount of bioavailable
iron so supplementation with iron-rich cereal or foods
is recommended starting at 5 to 6 months of age.
Lab values in patients with iron deficiency
anemia include a microcytic hypochromic anemia,
low serum iron, low serum ferritin, low transferrin and
a high TIBC because that's where that iron's gonna bind.
Iron replacement can be through foods,
oral supplementation or parenteral routes.
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lecture on iron deficiency anemia.