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ANEMIA IN NEWBORNS
A baby who has anaemia has fewer healthy red blood cells than normal. The RBCs carry oxygen in the blood and deliver it to the rest of the body. The causes are blood loss during birth, rapid breakdown of RBCs , slow RBC production, premature birth. The symptoms are: 1. Being sleepy or sleeping more than normal. 2. Pale or yellowish skin 3. Fast Heartbeat 4.Fast breathing rate
HOW IS ANEMIA IN NEWBORNS DIAGNOSED?
Anaemia is detected in babies by a simple blood count done by blood test. The paediatrician may also want to know the recent changes in the condition and details of diet to detect anaemia.
HOW IS ANEMIA IN NEWBORNS TREATED?
A pediatrician prescribes iron drops or iron fortified formula as a treatment to anaemia in newborns. Premature babies need a transfusion of blood.