What is it?
A lack of haemoglobin in the blood causes tiredness, weakness, shortness of breath and sometimes a fast heartbeat. This is not an illness in itself, but is usually a symptom of another problem such as lack of iron in the diet or chronic diarrheoa.

What to do

If you suspect your child is anaemic, get the doctor to investigate the underlying cause. Get advice from a dietician to make sure your child’s diet includes iron-rich foods.

For more detailed info on Common Childhood Conditions, go to Health24.

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