What are the signs and symptoms of low iron?

Not Medical Advice: Signs and symptoms of iron deficiency are brittle nails, swelling or soreness of the tongue, cracks in the sides of the mouth, enlarged spleen and frequent infections.

Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia.

The common symptom of anemia is fatigue. It can cause shortness of breath, dizziness, headache, coldness of hands and feet, pale skin and chest pain.

For infants and young children, signs of anemia may include poor appetite, slowed growth and development and behavioral problems. Learn more at the National Institutes of Health.

In health buzz, researchers are reporting that anemic children could benefit greatly from iron supplementation. A recent study found that iron could be essential in providing cognitive and physical benefits for young children. Find out more here.

Updated on Friday, October 18 2013 at 10:49AM EDT
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