Anemia Screening

Screening for Anemia and Iron Deficiency in Children


Infants grow and develop rapidly and need iron in their diet to develop normally. Iron deficiency can cause anemia, a condition that can delay an infant's mental, motor and behavioral development that can create a long lasting affect throughout the child's life even after the iron level in the blood has changed to a healthy level.

"All infants should be screened for anemia with a hemoglobin test at 12 months of age."

-American Academy of Pediatrics

In an effort to identify those children who may be at risk, Southside Pediatrics will be performing a screening test for Anemia during your child's 12 month well visit. A simple blood count performed in the office can diagnose anemia in most cases.

Children Most at Risk:

  1. If your child was born premature or had a low birth weight
  2. Children of immigrants from other countries
  3. Exposure to Lead
  4. Exclusive breastfeeding beyond 4 months of age without supplemental iron
  5. Weaning to whole milk or complementary foods that do not include iron-fortified cereals or food naturally rich in iron
  6. Infants with special health care needs that have feeding problems and poor growth

anemia screening