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Update on Anemia and Iron Deficiency in Infants and Toddlers

Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated and re-emphasized the importance of infants and toddlers being screened for iron deficiency anemia, beginning in most cases at age 12 months. Although no study has definitively shown a connection between iron deficiency and lowered IQ, enough evidence exists to recommend universal screening for all infants, according to the AAP report. Additionally, the AAP report stated that “there is growing evidence that iron deficiency and secondary anemia have long term effects on behavioral and neurodevelopmental issues” that can appear later in childhood. Lack of iron is the world’s most common nutritional deficiency….

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Bronchiolitis is an infection of infants and toddlers caused by seasonal viruses that affect the lungs. Specifically, bronchiolitis is defined as a clinical condition associated with a viral infection that causes respiratory distress, wheezing and cough in children less than two years. When these episodes happen recurrently, this could be the potential onset of asthma in these children or a variant which specialists call Reactive Airway Disease (RAD) in which only bronchiolitis illnesses trigger the asthma symptoms. Bronchiolitis is the leading cause of infant hospitalization in the U.S.! As a result, much research has been been dedicated to understanding and…

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