Anaemia in newborns is when they have fewer red blood cells in their bodies. It could be dangerous as it leads to permanent mental and physical problems. A newborn could be affected with Anaemia due to inheritance or due to lack of supply of iron in their diet. Infants that are fed with cow’s milk or formula are at a greater risk to develop anaemia. The symptoms are when the baby is sleepier than normal, pale skin, fast heartbeat, etc.
HOW IS ANEMIA IN NEWBORNS DIAGNOSED?
A baby's RBCs can be counted with a simple blood test.
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.
DID YOU KNOW?
Various Paediatricians have advised mothers not to give iron to babies unless it is prescribed. Anaemia is normal for all newborn babies and does not need treatment unless the blood count is marginally less and is causing problems to the baby.