Best treatment for iron deficiency anemia in children

Best treatment for iron deficiency anemia in children

November 15, 2019 16 By Bertrand Dibbert


– Growing children needs lots of iron in order to make the blood cells to supply the bloodstream with enough iron to take it out to the tissues
and help everything grow. A common problem and
almost like an epidemic is, we call it milkoholism. Toddlers and young children, they’re having the bottle all the time and they’re drinking four,
five, six, seven bottles a day. There’s calcium and there’s vitamin D, but there’s virtually
no iron in cow’s milk that you’d buy at the grocery store. So, the way to fix it, first of all, to fix the diet, hopefully, we emphasize that, but to treat with iron drops
or a liquid form of iron. To my knowledge, there has never been, prior to the work that we did, a randomized, controlled study
of iron given to toddlers with iron deficiency anemia
and we treated children with nutritional iron deficiency anemia with once-a-day treatment. So, the design of the study was a randomized, controlled,
double-blinded study and so, the choice was
the ferrous sulfate, the bad-tasting stuff that’s
been around for a long time, versus an iron polysaccharide preparation. So, by polysaccharide,
that means it’s sugar, so it’s the iron with a sugar in it. The sense was, that with better taste, children aren’t gonna spit it out, that it was gonna be better
absorbed and work better. That was the whole
thought, but it turned out that the ferrous sulfate was superior and we believe it was absorbed better. We think that the results of this study, which have been published
in a premier medical journal will allow the word to get out to all of these different constituencies. We’re very pleased and
proud of what we’ve done.