Anemia can make your child appear pale in color and feel cranky, tired, or weak. Though these symptoms may worry you, the most common causes of anemia—such as iron deficiency—are generally easy to treat, especially when anemia is detected early.

Here is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about what anemia is, the signs and symptoms of anemia, and how to prevent anemia.

Anemia is a condition in which the amount of red blood cells in the body is decreased below normal for your child’s age. Because rapid growth is a potential cause of the condition, the first year of life and adolescence are two age groups where infants and children are especially prone to anemia.

Anemia means there are not enough red blood cells in the body. Red blood cells are filled with hemoglobin, a special pigmented protein that makes it possible to carry and deliver oxygen to...

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