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<p>My 1 year old was had her lab-work done last week. This is the note I got from the doctor:</p>
<p>"I have received all of Alba's labwork... She is also showing up as anemic and most commonly this is due to iron deficiency anemia. I would recommend we start her on some iron supplementation for three months total. The medication is called ferinsol and it is available over the counter. She should get 3ml a day or 1.5ml twice a day if it's any easier to divide it up... I would also like to follow this up in a month and make sure her blood levels are going up. I have ordered repeat labs to include iron studies to be done in 1 month's time. I have also enclosed some information on anemia."</p>
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<p>Honestly, I was not at all pleased by her note. The "Standard Range" for hgb given by Kaiser (our health insurance/hospital) is 10.5 - 13.5 g/dL. Alba "scored" a 9.6. So yes, below, but not even by a whole number (0.9 below). And then their "Standard Range" for hematocrit is 33.0 - 39.0 %. Alba "scored" 29.6%. Again, below, but not by much, in my opinion.</p>
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<p>Now I'm not a medical professional, by any means. But I know that my OB/GYN (who I love, btw) eased my nerves when my iron levels came back low while I was pregnant. He said that they were only a bit low and nothing to really be concerned about (mine were 32.2% & the range was 34.0 - 46.0 %). He simply encouraged me to eat iron-rich foods and that should bring them back up without problem. He did not act concerned by any means. In fact, I had to contact him about the results...he did not contact me. So solely based on that, I feel like her levels are not low enough to administer supplements. On top of that, I did some digging and found that the "common normal range" for a 1 year old is about 31% - 40%. That would mean Alba's 29.6% is only 1.4% lower than "normal". Again...to me seems like something that can be fixed based on her diet.</p>
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<p>So I've declined the additional lab report (blood draw in a month) and the supplement (was met with opposition from her pediatrician, of course...we're on the lookout for a new one anyway) as I'm going to work on implementing more iron & vitamin C into her daily diet to help correct this.</p>
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<p>With alllllll that said, can any of you help with this? We practice Baby Led Weaning (I searched for a forum, but couldn't find one, so please correct me if this is the wrong place to ask) & she's been getting California Mandarins and some sort of spinach, mushroom, tofu, etc. every day. Clearly she needs more than that if her levels are still a bit low, but I'm wondering if there are any other BLW mamas out there who have an iron deficient babe & what may have worked for you other than supplements? Or even suggestions. I'm willing to try anything to keep her off supplements (I read they can destroy the body's ability to naturally absorb iron, causing her to potentially become dependent on iron supplements).</p>
 

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I think you may get a response if you just post in breastfeeding as i don't think the anemia has anything to do with her weaning herself or not weaned yet. So, I have been looking everywhere and this is what I came up with<br>
You'll have to read rough the threads for advice and such<br>
<a href="http://www.mothering.com/community/t/575224/anemic-toddler">http://www.mothering.com/community/t/575224/anemic-toddler</a><br><br>
Here is an old one I posted<br>
<a href="http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1339973/help-my-9-month-baby-is-anemic">http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1339973/help-my-9-month-baby-is-anemic</a><br><br>
<a href="http://www.mothering.com/community/t/115906/is-anybody-elses-bf-baby-anemic">http://www.mothering.com/community/t/115906/is-anybody-elses-bf-baby-anemic</a><br><br><br><br>
On that note I hope your baby is doing well and let me know if you have any questions<br><br>
Eta baby health does seem like a good place to have this post. You can ignore what I said about the breastfeeding forum, this should be just as good.
 
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