My DD turned 1 yesterday and had a scheduled well visit where they checked her iron levels. With a finger stick they say she was at 6.2 which they said was dangerously low. We then had a full blood panel done to rule out more serious disease. The doctor's conclusion is that she has severe anemia and prescribed Ferrous Sulfate 220 MG/5 ML. I am very concerned about giving her this medicine and would much rather use Floradix. She was born prematurely at 34 weeks by c-section and is breastfed. She is eating table food and eats less than 1/4 cup of food per meal. I am going to start cooking her food in my cast iron pan. Does anyone have experience with an iron level this low? My DD is in the 95 percentile for weight and cheerful as can be. I appreciate any help or advice.
Did the doctor suggest what might be the cause of the anemia? If you are concerned with the doctor's advice, maybe try to get a second opinion. Best wishes and hope those iron levels come up soon.
Did they test her lead levels?
My DS was 3 weeks early and I was anemic at birth. At 11 months he just started to eat foods and had a HB of 5. We did do that iron supplement for about 4 weeks and in the same period he started eating, so I gave him yobaby with iron. I think they don't make that anymore though. Anyways, within 4 weeks he was back up to 11, and within 3 months perfectly normal. It does happen to early babies. We did a full blood panel for ferritin, lead and so on, but he just really needed more iron. I would totally use FLoradix if baby tolerates (aka doesn't spit it back at ya!) it.
My DS was in the 99th percentile for everything btw... And happy and right on track. Since you caught the deficiency you can correct it and your LO will be alright.
I have to say, I almost laughed aloud when I read your question. I work in Quality Assurance/Regulatory for a company that makes heme iron supplements (think meat instead of iron filings). We've seen a jump of three points over a weekend for ferretin levels.
Just to avoid any issues with the UA, I'm just going to offer to Q&A in PMs to anyone who has questions.
Does anyone know the dosage for Floradix? The ferrous sulfate is 220 mg/ 5 ML and I am suppose to give 8 ML once a day. What would the equal Floradix dose. The Floradix site says that it is 25% absorbed while the ferrous sulfate has said anything from 2%-12%. My Ped has been no help.
It seems that 5ml/day is the recommendation for a one year old but I'm wondering if I should get closer to 10 ml since we are trying to get her back to healthy range
i don't know anything about spirulina for anemia; however, back in the day, we used to purchase spirulina in powdered form from the health food store and just add it to smoothies. it didn't taste like anything that i remember. it is, of course, green, but if that's an issue, blueberries might disguise the color-- that or use an opaque cup & straw.
If floradix isn't working, try powdered freeze dried raw liver. Dr Rons is one brand, I get a different one off Vitacost, sorry the name eludes me. It comes in capsules, so you can just open them up and mix them in something. (mashed or pureed veggies or meats, egg yolk. Maybe fruits? I don't know if there is a flavor or not, i never tried it that way)
I wanted to give an update to our story. We went for a re-check today and things are looking great. As I said at the beginning my LO was at 6.2 last month and today she was at 10.3. The Dr. still wants us to get to 11 but was very happy with the progress. I used 5ml of Floradix a day, cooked in cast iron and was careful to serve vitamin C rich foods with our iron rich meals and calcium separately. She has remained lively throughout but it is nice to have the testing done