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Article
December 1974

Iron Deficiency With and Without Anemia in Infants and Children

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Human Development, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing.

Am J Dis Child. 1974;128(6):787-793. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110310035006
Abstract

Among 109 infants and children from 4 months to 5 years of age from low-income families, hemoglobin concentrations lower than 11 gm/100 ml and hematocrit values lower than 33% indicated iron deficiency anemia, but higher levels did not exclude deficiency. Seventy-nine of the 109 were studied during a three-month screening program. Of these, one third had iron deficiency. When only children under 2 years of age were considered, however, the incidence was slightly more than 50%. A 24-hour food intake history correlated well with the presence or absence of iron deficiency and was a useful instrument for evaluating the adequacy of dietary iron in this population.

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