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What's Anemia?


Say: uh-NEE-mee-uh

Red blood cells carry oxygen all through our bodies. People who have anemia have fewer red blood cells than normal, which can make them feel tired because not enough oxygen gets to their bodies' cells. Many things can cause anemia, but a common way kids might get it is by not getting enough iron, a nutrient found in meat, dried beans, and green leafy vegetables. Red blood cells need iron to work well.

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