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Severe anemia, parenchymal infiltrates. Is that tobe worried?

Hello doctor... My baby is 2 months old and its weight is 4 kgs approx... he was delivered by ceserean section due to failed induction... now due to his noisy breathing and poor feeding(he takes just 1 ounce milk after two or three hours), his weight is not increasing, doctor recommended some tests for him which were CBC and an X Ray... CBC report showed that he has severe anaemia and his retic count is 4.7%. And the X ray report shows that he has parenchymal infiltrates in both sides... I am really worried about him...please doctor tell me what to do to for him so that he cab be alryt ???
Asked On : Sat, 16 Mar 2013
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Thank you for your query.

Though you have mentioned the reticulocyte count you have not mentioned the hemoglobin level, total and differential counts.

The high reticulocyte count signifies that your son's body is producing a good quantity of red blood cells in response to the anemia. As he is not feeding well, iron and vitamin supplements will have to be given to him.

Parenchymal infiltrates in the lung suggest an infection and the total and differential count would assist the doctor to start with the appropriate antibiotic, if required.

Kindly follow the doctor's advice and there is no reason why your son will not be alright.

I hope I have answered your query to your satisfaction.

Wishing your son an early recovery.


Rajiv K Khandelwal
Answered: Tue, 19 Mar 2013
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