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is needed by blood cells to transport oxygen around the body and give us
energy. Iron is important for muscle strength and brain function. Blood tests
can be used to check iron levels. When iron levels are low, your child may feel
tired and not able to do their usual activities. Some children with low iron
can develop anaemia.
Low iron levels are usually treated effectively
with iron tablets or liquid. Some patients need to have iron given through a
vein (intravenous or IV) as an infusion.
Some reasons for needing an iron
Iron infusions may cause side
effects, including rare but serious allergic reactions – see possible side
effects below for more information.
Speak to your child’s doctor if you are worried about any of the
following possible side effects.
Has any pain or swelling around
their IV line or you notice any change in the colour of the skin near the IV
may be other side effects that are not listed in this fact sheet. If you notice
anything unusual or are worried about your child, speak to your doctor.
No, iron infusions are medications that are manufactured. Blood
products are substances that are derived from donated human blood.
by The Royal Children's Hospital Quality and Improvement and Clinical
Haematology Departments. We acknowledge the
input of RCH consumers and carers.
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