Any babies out there that were diagnosed with low hemoglobin and hematocrit where diet changes and iron supplements didn't help? I am looking for mamas whose babies were anemic due to other causes (absorption issues like colitis, or bone marrow or cancer )
Our story: at 9 mos DS had a 9.6 and my ped reco'd fer-in-sol. I ignored him and instead made an effort to push more iron rich foods and we both started taking Floradix (I took the regular dose and I gave him a dropperful/day). So, instead of going back to check the iron one month later (at 10 mos), we just went back at 13 mos and to my surprise he is now at HGB 8.8 (less than 10 is LOW) and HCT 28.4 (less than 32 is LOW). So, now my ped is a bit more worried (especially since the HCT is low now, showing abnormally small red blood cells being sent out from the bone marrow where they are made.) Tomorrow we will start the fer-in-sol and in month check the levels again. If it isn't better, he will do more extensive blood tests to rule out major issues, like genetic flaws (like what is tested in the Newborn Screens, which I believe came back normal, but neither the Ped or I have a copy of it ) and GI problems.
What is the difference between Floradix and Fer-in-sol? Aren't they both IRON? If floradix didn't work, will fer-in-sol?
I could start freaking out about this (especially b/c I feel SO guilty that I let it get this bad, and after my ped reco'd drops!) but I would rather get educated.
FWIW, DS seems healthy, normal and energetic and to have what I perceive to be a normal level of whinyness . But I do remember a mama here on MDC at one point said that she saw a HUGE difference in her DC after they started drops.
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