Iron deficiency is the most common micronutrient deficiency worldwide. Preterm infants are a special risk group, because of lower total body iron at birth, rapid catch-up growth and uncompensated phlebotomy losses. Recent scientific literature suggests that iron supplementation begins from the third week of age, earlier than previously recommended. In order to avoid iron overload, pre-term infants who have received multiple transfusions may maintain iron stores without iron sup-plementation up to 6 months of life.
|Translated title of the contribution||Iron deficiency in preterm infants|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Medico e Bambino|
|Publication status||Published - May 1 2015|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health