Milk versus medicine for the treatment of iron deficiency anaemia in hospitalised infants
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    Re: Anaemia in hospitalised infants: Iron deficiency?
    • Cameron C. Grant, Paediatrician
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      • Clare R. Wall, Paediatric Nutritionist, Massey University

    Dear Editor,

    Walter and Olivares question whether the anaemia present in the enrolled children was due to iron deficiency or due to the acute infection that precipitated their admission to hospital. They state that anaemia and all other measures of iron normalize without therapy. Both their reference to their earlier work and other published literature do not support this statement.

    Their referenced study...

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    Anema in hospitalized infants: Iron deficiency?
    • Tomas K Walter, Pediatric hematologist
    • Other Contributors:
      • Manuel Olivares

    Dear Editor,

    Wall et al. treated infants with alleged iron deficiency anemia with several iron vehicles. However, anemia in hospitalized ill infants is mostly not due to iron deficiency, but to anemia of infection, present even with mild infections. That's why they find a paradoxical decrease of serum ferritin that rises with infection to fall after convalescence. Anemia and all other measures of iron infection no...

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