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?
The paediatrician may diagnose the condition based on a visual and physical examination with a check up of any sluggishness or dullness, as well as feeding and breathing difficulties that the baby may be experiencing. A blood test may also be conducted to confirm the presence of the condition.
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?
Adolescent girls are at higher risk of iron deﬁciency and anemia because their bodies lose iron during menstruation.