Iron deficiency anemia has been shown to be higher in the DS population than in the typical population. However, supplementation of iron must be done under the care of a practitioner with care being taken to regularly check bloods to ensure that supplementation is working and still neccessary. My daughter had low iron and we supplemented her with Gaia Iron for several months. At the same time we began treating her thyroid as her Dr believed the two could be related. Thankfully her iron levels soon normalised under the combined treatment.
Anemia is a condition that causes the body to produce insufficient amounts of healthy red blood cells, which are needed to bring oxygen to body tissues. An estimated 20 percent of American children will have anemia at some point in their childhood.
While there are many types of anemia, iron deficiency anemia—when the decrease in red blood cells is caused by a lack of iron—is a common nutritional deficiency in children.
Iron-deficiency anemia can be the caused by a variety of factors, including:
Insufficient iron in the diet
Poor absorption of iron
Ongoing blood loss, most commonly from gradual blood loss in the intestinal tract
Periods of rapid growth
For babies and toddlers, the cause is typically a diet low in iron, especially after they have begun eating solid foods and start drinking cow’s milk. Many children don’t consume enough iron-rich foods, while drinking too much cow’s milk (more than 24 ounces per day) can injure the lining of the stomach, causing chronic blood loss that leads to iron deficiency.
While the easiest solution might seem to give your child an iron supplement to help relieve the condition, parents should never supplement their children with iron without consulting a doctor first. Too much iron can be toxic, so the dosage needs to be figured out by a doctor and followed exactly.