Is iron deficiency in infants and young children common in Scandinavia and is there a need for enforced primary prevention?

O. Hernell, B. Lönnerdal

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A significant problem in diagnosing infants and young children with iron deficiency (ID) and iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is that it is not clear how the biochemical markers used correspond to physiological outcomes such as growth, neurodevelopment and morbidity. Thus, the prevalence of iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia in infants and young children is difficult to assess and therefore not really known. Conclusion: Recent studies have shown that iron metabolism is subjected to developmental changes during infancy, which affect indicators of iron status. Hence, better defined cut-off values for the indicators used are needed and, in particular, how they are correlated to functional outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1024-1026
Number of pages3
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2004



  • Criteria
  • Infants
  • Iron deficiency
  • Prevention
  • Young children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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