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Does iron have a place in the management of breath holding spells?
  1. Robert Boon, Specialist Registrar
  1. Paediatrics, Gosford Hospital, New South Wales, Australia

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A 2 year old child is seen in the outpatients department with a history of breath holding spells for the past three months, occurring about 3–4 times per week. These are causing her mother a great deal of concern. You consider whether or not a course of iron would reduce the frequency of these attacks.

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In a 2 year old child with breath holding spells [patient], …

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