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Vol. 3 - Num. 10

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Severe nutritional ferropenic anemia. The importance of health education

Miguel Ángel Zafra Antaa, J Martínez Alarcón, R Ríos Tamayo, JM García Blanco

aServicio de Pediatría. Hospital Universitario de Fuenlabrada. Fuenlabrada. Madrid. España.

Correspondence: MA Zafra. E-mail:

Reference of this article: Zafra Anta MA, Martínez Alarcón J, Ríos Tamayo R, García Blanco JM. Severe nutritional ferropenic anemia. The importance of health education. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2001;3:203-207.

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We present a case of severe anaemia in a 24 months old boy. The child had a very important iron deficiency in relation to a nutritional problem: mainly an early intake of cow milk. We did not find any other pathology. Iron deficiency in the developed world is mainly a ?single? nutritional problem. Often co-exists with other conditions such as folate deficiency, and infection. Health education, and familiar nutritional knowledge are basic for prevention of iron deficiency during infancy and childhood.


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