A to Z: Iron-Deficiency Anemiaenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgIron-deficiency anemia occurs when there aren't enough healthy red blood cells in the bloodstream to carry oxygen to the body's tissues.iron deficiency anemia, anemia, iron, hemoglobin, red blood cells, oxygen, fatigue, shortness of breath, iron supplements, blood, iron-deficiency anemia11/26/201204/05/201909/02/201930e28e32-63ca-4479-81bf-649529abb372https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-iron-deficiency-anemia.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ida.html/">Iron-deficiency anemia</a> is the most common type of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/anemia.html/">anemia</a>. It occurs when there aren't enough healthy red blood cells in the bloodstream to carry oxygen to the body's tissues.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>For <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/blood.html/">blood</a> to transport oxygen, the body must produce hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells. Hemoglobin production requires adequate supplies of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/iron.html/">iron</a>. Iron-deficiency anemia occurs when there isn't enough iron in the body.</p> <p>Depending on iron levels, symptoms can range from mild, or even unnoticeable, to more severe. They may include tiredness, weakness, shortness of breath, brittle nails, and poor appetite. Causes of iron-deficiency anemia include an iron-poor&nbsp;diet, blood loss, inability to absorb iron, and pregnancy.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Eating a diet with iron-rich foods will prevent iron-deficiency anemia in most people. Good sources include&nbsp;eggs, red meat, leafy green vegetables, and iron-fortified foods.</p> <p>If you suspect symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia, call your doctor. The condition&nbsp;is easily treated with iron supplements but it's important to get a professional diagnosis and recommended dosage. Too much iron in the body can damage the liver or cause other complications.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
AnemiaAnemia is common in teens because they undergo rapid growth spurts, when the body needs more nutrients like iron. Learn about anemia and how it's treated.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/anemia.html/d59f63cc-1045-4151-87c3-750eb2f414d4
Beta ThalassemiaBeta thalassemia is a blood disorder in which the body has a problem producing beta globin, a component of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen throughout the body.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/beta-thalassemia.html/92b6c08b-14ad-4b67-bc47-c1acd388d19c
Blood Find out about the mysterious, life-sustaining fluid called blood.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/blood.html/4cbf9380-e4e4-445c-92a9-93f01a97516b
Blood Test: Ferritin (Iron)Doctors may order a ferritin test when they suspect kids have too little or too much iron in their bodies.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/test-ferritin.html/8a749966-acaf-40af-8e4f-2e43cf958214
Blood Test: HemoglobinHemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells. A hemoglobin test can be done as part of a routine checkup to screen for problems and or because a child isn't feeling well. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/blood-test-hemoglobin.html/d1e09555-be24-4d30-9163-49a54cb14dff
IronIron is an important ingredient needed to make hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying part of every red blood cell.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/iron.html/d4b58ddd-4132-4d3e-bacf-94c06fe5d0e0
Iron-Deficiency AnemiaIron helps the body carry oxygen in the blood and plays a key role in brain and muscle function. Too little iron can lead to iron-deficiency anemia.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ida.html/b81f3bad-4d4d-4db1-8c26-45affb53c115
What's Anemia?What does it mean when a kid has anemia? Learn about anemia, why kids get it, and how it's treated in our article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/anemia.html/9888df72-edc2-4c11-8660-bb2c4b682960
Word! AnemiaPeople who have anemia have fewer red blood cells than normal, which can make them feel tired because not enough oxygen is getting to their bodies' cells.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/word-anemia.html/97f395b2-5111-41ac-9447-c2d2e603fa35