Too much harm to children's iron supplements

Many parents are worried that their children are anaemic and give their children a variety of iron supplements. They think that eating more is not harmful. In fact, if abuse or long-term excessive use of iron supplements and foods, it will cause a disease - hemochromatosis.

Hemochromatosis is a disease caused by human iron metabolism disorder. There are many causes of excess iron absorption in the body, such as heredity, cirrhosis, thalassemia, excessive blood transfusion, etc. There is also a kind of medicine called hemochromatosis, which is caused by long-term consumption of iron-rich foods, drinks, and iron supplements.

Normal body iron content is about 35-60 mg / kg, the general iron absorption and physical needs are balanced. Normally, only 10% of the iron that people ingest is absorbed by the intestine. If long-term iron supplement and protein are combined, ferritin is gradually released into the blood and transported to the whole body, which causes fibrous tissue proliferation in many organs in the body. Ferritin and hemosiderin are deposited in the tissues and form an excess of hemosiderin. Early on the surface, neck, forearm, foot and other exposed parts of the disease, may appear pigmentation, the skin was bronze or brown gray, to the late stage of development can affect the body organs, organ function has been a certain degree of damage, diabetes can occur one after another Diseases such as cirrhosis and heart failure are serious and even life-threatening.

It can be seen that the key to preventing dietary hemochromatosis is not to abuse or prolong the excessive use of iron-containing blood-supplementing drugs and to eat foods containing excessive iron. Such as the treatment of children with nutritional iron deficiency anemia, the need for oral iron, wait until the normal hemoglobin after 1-2 months can be stopped, in the event of hemochromatosis, as soon as possible to use deferoxamine treatment.
Source: China Children's Network