Iron-deficiency anemia is anemia
that happens when there isn't enough iron
in the body.
Someone with anemia has a lower number of red blood cells (RBCs) than usual. RBCs
contain hemoglobin, a protein that carries oxygen throughout the body. The body needs
iron to make hemoglobin (HEE-muh-glow-bin). Without enough iron, less hemoglobin and
fewer red blood cells are made, leading to anemia.
Treatment with iron supplements usually makes the anemia better.
What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Iron-Deficiency Anemia?
At first, children with iron-deficiency anemia may not have any symptoms. When
symptoms do happen, a child might: