What is the appropriate management of iron deficiency in young children?
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What is the appropriate management of iron deficiency in young children? Evidence-Based Answer: Iron supplementation improves hemoglobin and ferritin levels in anemic and nonanemic iron deficiency (SOR: C, disease-oriented outcomes). There appears to be an increase in cognitive scores, height, and weight in anemic children, but not in nonanemic children with iron deficiency (SOR: B, systematic reviews with inconsistent results). Giving oral ferrous sulfate once a day is as effective as splitting the dose and giving TID (SOR: B, RCT).
Evidence Based Practice 18(10): E2-E3