Anemia in Children

I am a 257 days / 8 months, 2 weeks & 3 days old baby

People become anemic when red blood cells don't carry enough oxygen to the tissues in their body. Various conditions can cause anemia, including an inherited illness called sickle cell anemia, but iron deficiency is the most common cause.[1]


Anemia is the condition in which there is an abnormally low amount of normal red blood cells in the body. The red blood cells are the oxygen carrying cells, so when there are low numbers of them, the body has to work harder as a whole to get enough oxygen with the limited number of red blood cells it has.[2]

Is it dangerous?

It can be. In addition to the symptoms mentioned above, a child who's anemic could suffer permanent mental and physical problems. (While an iron deficiency can be corrected, the mental and physical impairment is not always reversible.) Iron deficiency also makes kids more susceptible to lead poisoning and infection.[3]