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    Low iron levels

    Hi there, my sons blood work came back with low levels of iron. I have been reading lots of information on the Internet. Have any of you experienced issues of low iron? I know he doesn't like red meat, and fish. Wondering if this could be a reason why he looks so pale. Also, he drinks so many dairy/Carnation drinks, could this be an issue. Thanks for any advise in advance. We have cf clinic today, and I'm hoping for another good weight gain<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0">

    Sarah

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    Low iron levels

    Hi there, my sons blood work came back with low levels of iron. I have been reading lots of information on the Internet. Have any of you experienced issues of low iron? I know he doesn't like red meat, and fish. Wondering if this could be a reason why he looks so pale. Also, he drinks so many dairy/Carnation drinks, could this be an issue. Thanks for any advise in advance. We have cf clinic today, and I'm hoping for another good weight gain<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0">

    Sarah

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    Low iron levels

    my little one has had anemia and her numbers have improved with diet...i'll be very curious to see her levels now (won't check again for another 3 months). we did try to increase red meat but other things we have done include prunes (high in iron) and cooking in cast iron. trying to serve iron rich foods with foods high in vit C to improve absorption. good luck

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    Low iron levels

    my little one has had anemia and her numbers have improved with diet...i'll be very curious to see her levels now (won't check again for another 3 months). we did try to increase red meat but other things we have done include prunes (high in iron) and cooking in cast iron. trying to serve iron rich foods with foods high in vit C to improve absorption. good luck

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    Low iron levels

    momtohazel, the following are high in iron. Eating these in conjunction with foods high in vitamin C helps the iron absorbtion. Red meat, egg yolks, collard greens, prunes, raisins, iron-enriched cereal and breads, oysters, clams, scapplops, lentils, chick peas, soybeans, liver, artichoke. Keep in mind that cranberries, spinach, and soda all contains compounds which block iron.


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    Low iron levels

    momtohazel, the following are high in iron. Eating these in conjunction with foods high in vitamin C helps the iron absorbtion. Red meat, egg yolks, collard greens, prunes, raisins, iron-enriched cereal and breads, oysters, clams, scapplops, lentils, chick peas, soybeans, liver, artichoke. Keep in mind that cranberries, spinach, and soda all contains compounds which block iron.


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    Low iron levels

    Ask his CF Doctor about SOURCE CF Multivitamins.

    Bill

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    Low iron levels

    Ask his CF Doctor about SOURCE CF Multivitamins.

    Bill

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    Low iron levels

    My iron has been very low for a long time. I am not classically anemic (my hemoglobin is fine) but I have no "reserve" iron... I'm pretty sure it's called iron-deficiency anemia. I can't take supplements, though, because they stop me up so badly! I drink a lot of green smoothies with spinach (even if your little one doesn't like spinach, he's almost certain to like a nice fruit smoothie! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0"> I've been able to sneak green smoothies past even the pickiest kids), and when I start having symptoms I eat a lot of prunes, which I've found are probably the fastest boost to my iron levels. For whatever reason, they tend to get particularly low in the spring and summer - I think it has something to do with sweating out electrolytes.

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    Low iron levels

    My iron has been very low for a long time. I am not classically anemic (my hemoglobin is fine) but I have no "reserve" iron... I'm pretty sure it's called iron-deficiency anemia. I can't take supplements, though, because they stop me up so badly! I drink a lot of green smoothies with spinach (even if your little one doesn't like spinach, he's almost certain to like a nice fruit smoothie! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0"> I've been able to sneak green smoothies past even the pickiest kids), and when I start having symptoms I eat a lot of prunes, which I've found are probably the fastest boost to my iron levels. For whatever reason, they tend to get particularly low in the spring and summer - I think it has something to do with sweating out electrolytes.

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