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2 yrs 4 months old child lean, low on hemoglobin, moody. Worried ?

hello doctor,i m AAAAA,my 2yr4mths old baby boy is very lean and have hamoglobin just 6.8gms...he s very moody and eats whatever he feels like..imean we canot force him to have a gud diet as he spits it back....the only two gud things which he likes are curd and almonds and the bad which he likes is coke or any cold drink to a limitless level....i m very worried about his health...please help
Asked On : Mon, 8 Oct 2012
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Pediatrician 's  Response

Thanks for your query.

You need to be worried about your son's health. Basically you have put him on the wrong habit of coke and cold drink which need to be cut. But more important is to consult your doctor and start the child on hematinics (iron preparation) to build his hemoglobin. Along with this he will require other vitamin supplements to replenish the nutrients which he has not been having from food. Once things start improving he will start accepting food items too.

This is going to take some time and not happen overnight.

I hope I have answered your query to your satisfaction. Please feel free to revert back for any clarification or if you have anything else to share.

Wishing your son all the best...


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OBGYN Dr. Asra Ishtiaq Ahmed's  Response
Hello there,

A hemoglobin level of just 6.8 is definitely low and although nutritional anemia is very common in this age group, your child needs to be evaluated completely with complete blood count.

The history of the food intake is suggestive of a nutritional cause and you should give him foods rich in iron once his blood investigations confirm the same.

A vegetarian diet would primarily comprise of soyabean, lentils and spinach whereas non veg diet would include chicken and fish. Among fruits apricot is a very source of iron.

You should avoid all carbonated drinks.

He needs a good diet chart after assessment of his weight based on the available home foods. Please consult your Pediatrician at the earliest.

Take care.
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