Herbal Remedy Anemia (Children)

Anemia is one of the most common blood disorders. It occurs when the level of healthy red blood cells (RBCs) in the body becomes too low. Anemia can cause a variety of complications, including fatigue and stress on bodily organs. If your child has anemia, the first symptoms might be mild skin paleness, and decreased pinkness of the lips and nailbeds. These changes happen gradually, though, so they may be difficult to notice. Other common signs of anemia include: irritability, fatigue, dizziness, lightheadedness, and a rapid heartbeat. Depending on what's causing the anemia, symptoms may also include jaundice (yellow-tinged skin), a yellowing of the whites of the eyes, an enlarged spleen, and dark tea-colored urine. In infants and preschool children, iron deficiency anemia can result in developmental delays and behavioral disturbances, such as decreased motor activity and problems with social interaction and attention to tasks. Recent research indicates that developmental problems may persist into and beyond school age if the iron deficiency is not properly treated. Anemia can be diagnosed by blood smear examination, iron tests, hemoglobin electrophoresis, bone marrow aspiration and biopsy, reticulocyte count.

To prevent Anemia, give your child plenty of vitamin C as it increases the child’s ability to absorb the iron. Vitamin C rich foods include broccoli, green peppers, and citrus fruits. Also, making the child eat dry fruit is also a good idea, as they contain concentrated minerals such as iron. Especially dry fruits like apricots, figs, and raisins are of immense help. Other iron rich items such as beans, almonds, and whole grain products also help. It is also a good idea to cook food in a cast iron skillet to increase the iron content of foods, especially when cooking acid rich foods, such as tomatoes.