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Assessment of Iron Status

Assessment of Iron Status

by Fouzia Akter -
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Does it need time to develop Iron Deficiency Anemia?
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by alma akondo -

Initially, iron deficiency anemia can be so mild that it goes unnoticed. But as the body becomes more deficient in iron and anemia worsens, the signs and symptoms intensify.

Iron deficiency anemia signs and symptoms may include:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Pale skin
  • Chest pain, fast heartbeat or shortness of breath
  • Headache, dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Inflammation or soreness of your tongue
  • Brittle nails
  • Unusual cravings for non-nutritive substances, such as ice, dirt or starch
  • Poor appetite, especially in infants and children with iron deficiency anemia

– It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks of taking regular iron supplements before your symptoms start to improve. – You may need to keep taking iron for several months to build up your iron reserves and keep your anemia from returning. Take your pills for as long as your doctor recommends, even if your symptoms have improved.

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by Iffath ara -

Yes It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks of taking regular iron supplements before your symptoms start to improve.You may need to keep taking iron for several months to build up your iron reserves and keep your Anemia from returning.take your pills for as long as your doctor recommends, even if your symptoms have improved.

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by Sadia Ali Rafa -
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Iron is very important in maintaining many body functions, including the production of hemoglobin, the molecule in your blood that carries oxygen. Iron is also necessary to maintain healthy cells, skin, hair, and nails.

Symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia are related to decreased oxygen delivery to the entire body and may include:

  • Being pale or having yellow "sallow" skin
  • Unexplained fatigue or lack of energy
  • Shortness of breath or chest pain, especially with activity
  • Unexplained generalized weakness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Pounding or "whooshing" in the ears
  • Headache, especially with activity
  • Craving for ice or clay - "picophagia"
  • Sore or smooth tongue
  • Brittle nails or hair loss

There are several ways to increase iron intake:

  • Meat: beef, pork, or lamb, especially organ meats such as liver
  • Poultry: chicken, turkey, and duck, especially liver and dark meat
  • Fish, especially shellfish, sardines, and anchovies
  • Leafy green members of the cabbage family including broccoli, kale, turnip greens, and collard greens
  • Legumes, including beans, peas, pinto beans, and black-eyed peas
  • Iron-enriched pastas, grains, rice, and cereals
  • Taking supplement
It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks of taking regular iron supplements before your symptoms start to improve. You may need to keep taking iron for several months to build up your iron reserves and keep your anemia from returning. Take your pills for as long as your doctor recommends, even if your symptoms have improved.
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by sirajam munira -
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Yes,it need time to develop Iron Deficiency Anemia.Most people start to feel better within a few days of beginning treatment. Even though you feel better, you will need to keep taking the pills for several months to build up your iron stores. Sometimes it takes up to 6 months of treatment with iron supplements before iron levels return to normal.

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by Shameem Hossain -

Iron deficiency anemia develops when body stores of iron drop too low to support normal red blood cell (RBC) production. Inadequate dietary iron, impaired iron absorption, bleeding, or loss of body iron in the urine may be the cause.

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by Fateha Jahan -
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It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks of taking regular iron supplements before your symptoms start to improve. – You may need to keep taking iron for several months to build up your iron reserves and keep your anemia from returning. Take your pills for as long as your doctor recommends, even if your symptoms have improved.

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by Ankhi Biswas -
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Ankhi Biswas

  Iron is very important in maintaining many body functions, including the production of hemoglobin, the molecule in your blood that carries oxygen. Iron is also necessary to maintain healthy cells, skin, hair, and nails.

Iron from the food you eat is absorbed into the body by the cells that line the gastrointestinal tract; the body only absorbs a small fraction of the iron you ingest. The iron is then released into the blood stream, where a protein called transferrin attaches to it and delivers the iron to the liver. Iron is stored in the liver as ferritin and released as needed to make new red blood cells in the bone marrow. When red blood cells are no longer able to function (after about 120 days in circulation), they are re-absorbed by the spleen. Iron from these old cells can also be recycled by the body. 

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by Farzana Akter Kathi -
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Ans:Yes,to develop iron deficiency anemia, it needs time. It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks of taking regular iron supplements before your symptoms start to improve.You may need to keep taking iron for several months to build up your iron reserves and keep your anemia from returning.Take your pills for as long as your doctor recommends, even if your symptoms have improved.

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by Tasnim Taofiq Simin -
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Tasnim Taofiq Simin 

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Answer : Yes, obviously it need time to develop Iron deficiency anemia.Iron is very essential to maintaining many body functions.Iron is a mineral, and it's main purpose is to carry oxygen in the hemoglobin of red blood cells throughout the body so cells can produce energy. When the body's iron stores become so low that not enough normal red blood cells can be made to carry oxygen efficiently, a condition known as iron deficiency anemia develops. 

Iron deficiency anemia is a common type of anemia. A condition in which blood lacks adequate healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body's tissues. As the name implies, iron deficiency anemia is due to insufficient iron.If we can't consuming enough iron or if we can losing too much iron our body can't produce enough hemoglobin and iron deficiency anemia will eventually develop. It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks of taking regular iron supplements before our symptoms start to improve. Take our pills for as long as our doctor recommends ,even if our symptoms have improved. Most people start to feel better within a few days of beginning treatment. Even though we feel better, we will need to keep taking the pills for several months to build up our iron stores. Sometimes it takes up to 6 months of treatment with iron supplements before iron levels return to normal. 


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by Habiba Ahmed -
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Yes, obviously it need time to develop Iron deficiency anemia.

Iron deficiency anemia is a common type of anemia. A condition in which blood lacks adequate healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body's tissues. As the name implies, iron deficiency anemia is due to insufficient iron.If we can't consuming enough iron or if we can losing too much iron our body can't produce enough hemoglobin and iron deficiency anemia will eventually develop. It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks of taking regular iron supplements before our symptoms start to improve. Take our pills for as long as our doctor recommends ,even if our symptoms have improved. Most people start to feel better within a few days of beginning treatment. Even though we feel better, we will need to keep taking the pills for several months to build up our iron stores. Sometimes it takes up to 6 months of treatment with iron supplements before iron levels return to normal. 

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by Arpa Tasnin -

Yes, it needs a certain time to fill the loss of iron that is the reason for anaemia. One has to follow some rules and regulations and has to consume foods containing as much as iron and other vital elements like water and minerals. Thus iron level can be elevated to fight with anaemia.         

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by Nazia 201-34-1089 -
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Yes We need.It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks of taking regular iron supplements before your symptoms start to improve. – You may need to keep taking iron for several months to build up your iron reserves and keep your anemia from returning. Take your pills for as long as your doctor recommends, even if your symptoms have improved.

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by Samira Ahsan40 -
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It usually take 2 to 3 weeks of taking regular iron supplements before your symptoms start to improve. You may need to keep taking iron for several months to build up your iron reserves and keep your anemia from returning. Take your pills for as long as your doctor recommends, even if your symptoms have improved.

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by Afrin Jahan -
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Yes, it need time to develop Iron Deficiency Anemia.It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks of taking regular iron supplements before your symptoms start to improve.you   may need to keep taking iron for several months to build up your iron Reserves  and keep your anemia from returning.

Most people start to feel better within a few days of beginning treatment. Even though you feel better, you will need to keep taking the pills for several months to build up your iron stores. Sometimes it takes up to 6 months of treatment with iron supplements before iron levels return to normal.

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by Khaled Mussaruf -
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This most common type of anemia is caused by a shortage of iron in your body. Your bone marrow needs iron to make hemoglobin. Without adequate iron, your body can't produce enough hemoglobin for red blood

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by Khaled Mussaruf -
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 It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks of taking regular iron supplements before your symptoms start to improve. – You may need to keep taking iron for several months to build up your iron reserves and keep your anemia from returning. Take your pills for as long as your doctor recommends, even if your symptoms have improved.

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by MD.Fuad Hasan Pulok -
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Initially, iron deficiency anemia can be so mild that it goes unnoticed. But as the body becomes more deficient in iron and anemia worsens, the signs and symptoms intensify.

Iron deficiency anemia signs and symptoms may include:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Pale skin
  • Chest pain, fast heartbeat or shortness of breath
  • Headache, dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Inflammation or soreness of your tongue
  • Brittle nails
  • Unusual cravings for non-nutritive substances, such as ice, dirt or starch
  • Poor appetite, especially in infants and children with iron deficiency anemia

– It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks of taking regular iron supplements before your symptoms start to improve. – You may need to keep taking iron for several months to build up your iron reserves and keep your anemia from returning. Take your pills for as long as your doctor recommends, even if your symptoms have improved.


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by Afia Antara -
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Iron deficiency anemia occurs when the body doesn't have enough iron to produce hemoglobin. Iron deficiency anemia can be so mild that it goes unnoticed. But as the body becomes more deficient in iron and anemia worsens. It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks of taking regular iron supplements before symptoms start to improve. Usually iron deficiency anemia develops with iron supplementation. But sometimes additional tests or treatments for iron deficiency anemia are necessary. Also it can be develop the risk of iron deficiency anemia by choosing iron-rich foods. Our body absorbs more iron from meat than it does from other sources.

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by Sadia Jannat -

Yes, it needs time to develop iron deficiency anemia.

Iron deficiency anemia occurs when our body doesn't have enough iron to produce hemoglobin. If we aren't consuming enough iron, or if we're losing too much iron, our body can't produce enough hemoglobin, and iron deficiency anemia will eventually develop. Anemia, particularly the iron deficient type, can have an insidious onset as it can take years to slowly develop. Moreover, it takes 3 stages to finally develop.

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by Nahin Afrose -
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Yes We need.It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks of taking regular iron supplements before your symptoms start to improve. – You may need to keep taking iron for several months to build up your iron reserves and keep your anemia from returning. Take your pills for as long as your doctor recommends, even if your symptoms have improved.

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by Sadia Islam -
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Yes we need, Iron deficiency anemia occurs when your body doesn't have enough iron to produce hemoglobin. If you aren't consuming enough iron, or if you're losing too much iron, your body can't produce enough hemoglobin, and iron deficiency anemia will eventually develop.

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by Aisha Siddika -
Yes It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks of taking regular iron supplements before your symptoms start to improve.You may need to keep taking iron for several months to build up your iron reserves and keep your Anemia from returning.take your pills for as long as your doctor recommends, even if your symptoms have improved.
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by Sabikun Naher Meem -
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Iron deficiency anemia occurs when the body does not have enough iron to produce hemoglobin. Iron deficiency anemia can be so mild. So that we cannot notice the signs and symptoms. But as the deficiency of iron and anemia in the body increases. It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks to take regular iron supplements before symptoms begin to improve. Iron deficiency anemia usually develops with iron supplementation.
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by Shafiqul Islam Dilay -
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Yes,it need time to develop Iron Deficiency Anemia. In few weeks, it feel better after treatment. But we have to continue taking iron to store it in our body . Sometimes it takes up to 6 months of treatment with iron supplements before iron levels return to normal.

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by Nishat 201-34-253 -
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Yes, obviously it need time to develop Iron deficiency anemia.

Iron deficiency anemia is a common type of anemia. A condition in which blood lacks adequate healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body's tissues. As the name implies, iron deficiency anemia is due to insufficient iron.If we can't consuming enough iron or if we can losing too much iron our body can't produce enough hemoglobin and iron deficiency anemia will eventually develop. It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks of taking regular iron supplements before our symptoms start to improve. Take our pills for as long as our doctor recommends ,even if our symptoms have improved. Most people start to feel better within a few days of beginning treatment. Even though we feel better, we will need to keep taking the pills for several months to build up our iron stores. Sometimes it takes up to 6 months of treatment with iron supplements before iron levels return to normal.

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by Israt Jahan (201-34-1094) -
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It needs time to develop iron deficiency anemia.Usually takes 2 to 3 weeks of taking regular iron supplements before your symptoms start to improve. – You may need to keep taking iron for several months to build up your iron reserves and keep your anemia from returning. Take your pills for as long as your doctor recommends, even if your symptoms have improved.
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by Mahima Afroz -
Iron deficiency Anemia occurs when your body does not have enough iron to produce hemoglobin.
It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks of taking regular iron supplements before your symptoms start to improve. Sometimes it takes up to 6 months of treatment with iron supplements before iron levels return to normal.
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by Nishat Tandra -
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Yes,I think It need time to develop Iron Deficiency Anemia because we know Iron deficiency anemia is a common type of anemia — a condition in which blood lacks adequate healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body's tissues.

As the name implies, iron deficiency anemia is due to insufficient iron. Without enough iron, our body can't produce enough of a substance in red blood cells that enables them to carry oxygen (hemoglobin). As a result, iron deficiency anemia may leave you tired and short of breath.

Also we can prevent anemia by eating foods that contain iron every day. Iron-rich foods include meats, vegetables, and whole grains such as iron-fortified cereals.

we can prevent anemia in babies and children by following recommendations for feeding infants and making sure babies and children get enough iron.

If you are pregnant, you can prevent anemia by taking prenatal vitamins. Your doctor will give you prenatal vitamins that include iron. Your doctor will also test your blood to see if you are anemic. If you are anemic, you will take a higher-dose iron pills. Take your pills for as long as your doctor recommends, even if your symptoms have improved. 

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by Sanzida Zaman Mim -
Yes it's need time to develop Iron Deficiency Anemia.It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks of taking regular iron supplements before symptoms start to improve.One has to follow some rules and regulations and has to consume foods containing as much as iron and other vital elements like water and minerals. Thus iron level can be elevated to fight with anaemia.
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by Md. Habibur Rahman (ShanTo) -
It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks of taking regular iron supplements before our symptoms start to improve. We may need to keep taking iron for several months to build up our iron reserves and keep our anemia from returning. We should take our pills for as long as our doctor recommends, even if our symptoms have improved.
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by Jaima Jannat Shikha -

Yes it takes 2-3 weeks. And at this time you have to continue eating iron to get rid of anemia.If these are followed,your symptoms are improved.

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by Kaneta Ibnat -
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Yes it takes 2-3 weeks and for improve this we have to take more iron to solve this iron deficiency.
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by Jeba fariha 201-34-1043 -
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Iron deficiency anemia develops when body stores of iron drop too low to support normal red blood cell (RBC) production. Inadequate dietary iron, impaired iron absorption, bleeding, or loss of body iron in the urine may be the cause

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by Marjia Sultana Bithi -
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Yes it need time to develop Iron Deficiency Anemia.
Anemia can be caused by a number of different
conditions, such as internal bleeding, heavy menstrual
bleeding, lack of certain vitamins, or a long-lasting
illness. Iron deficiency is the most common cause,
though. About 1 in every 5 women don’t have
enough iron in their bodies.
Reasons you can get iron-deficiency anemia include:
• Blood loss, especially in women who lose a lot of
blood during menstrual periods.
• Not enough iron in your diet.
• Difficulty absorbing enough iron from foods,
especially in people who have digestive tract (gut)
diseases, ongoing blood loss from another health
condition, or have had gastric bypass surgery.
• Increased need for iron, especially in children
who are growing rapidly or pregnant women
who need iron for their baby.

Anemia begins gradually, and at first, you may not
have any symptoms. As your anemia worsens, it may
cause you to:
• Have low energy and feel tired, weak, dizzy,
irritable, depressed, or have trouble concentrating.
• Have physical signs and symptoms such as pale
skin, brittle nails, shortness of breath, chest pain,
cold hands or feet, or an irregular heartbeat.
• Want to eat unusual things such as ice, paper,
dirt, clay, or pure starch.

Iron-deficiency anemia may be treated with:
• Iron supplements. Be sure to take your iron
supplements exactly as directed.
– Iron supplements are absorbed best if taken one
hour before meals. Taking them before you eat,
may give you an upset stomach or constipation.
Talk with your doctor about the best way to
handle these side effects.
– If you can’t tolerate iron supplements taken by
mouth, you may be given iron intravenously
(through a tube inserted into a vein) or as an
injection in a muscle.
– It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks of taking regular
iron supplements before your symptoms start
to improve.
– You may need to keep taking iron for several
months to build up your iron reserves and keep
your anemia from returning. Take your pills for
as long as your doctor recommends, even if your
symptoms have improved.
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by Umma kulsum Nilu -
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– It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks of taking regular iron supplements before your symptoms start to improve. – You may need to keep taking iron for several months to build up your iron reserves and keep your anemia from returning. Take your pills for as long as your doctor recommends, even if your symptoms have improved.
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by Umma kulsum Nilu -
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It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks of taking regular iron supplements before your symptoms start to improve. – You may need to keep taking iron for several months to build up your iron reserves and keep your anemia from returning. Take your pills for as long as your doctor recommends, even if your symptoms have improved.
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by Shanto Karmoker -
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It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks of taking regular iron supplements before your symptoms start to improve. – You may need to keep taking iron for several months to build up your iron reserves and keep your anemia from returning. Take your pills for as long as your doctor recommends, even if your symptoms have improved.
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by Kowshik Mishra -
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Usually iron deficiency Anaemia occurs very slowly and the symptoms are not so visible at first. But once it get worsen, we can see the symptoms. Iron deficiency anemia signs and symptoms may include:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Pale skin
  • Chest pain, fast heartbeat or shortness of breath
  • Headache, dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Inflammation or soreness of your tongue
  • Brittle nails
  • Unusual cravings for non-nutritive substances, such as ice, dirt or starch
  • Poor appetite, especially in infants and children with iron deficiency anemia
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by Fouzia Akter -
Those who answer this " initially, iron deficiency anemia can be so mild that it goes unnoticed. But as the body becomes more deficient in iron and anemia worsens, the signs and symptoms intensify" are on the right track