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Paediatrics

Paediatrics Paediatrics

Iron supplementation

The body’s iron requirements are increased in situations such as growth, cognitive development, intense physical and mental activity or recurrent infections. According to WHO data, iron deficiency is the commonest and most widespread nutritional disorder in the world and the prevalence of childhood iron deficiency in Spain is estimated at 15%. 

Iron health for children

Iron is the mineral found at the highest level in the blood and it is present in all living cells. It is the main component of haemoglobin within red blood cells and plays a fundamental role in the body as the main oxygen transporter to all of the body’s cells, thus participating in energy production. Similarly, iron is present in respiratory enzymes and myoglobin, a protein that transports and supplies oxygen to muscle cells. As such, iron deficiency reduces the blood’s capacity to transport oxygen. 

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