Iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia during infancy and childhood

Acta Paediatr. 2004 Apr;93(4):436-9. doi: 10.1080/08035250410027535.


The present definition of iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia is under debate. Our present figures for the prevalence of iron deficiency in infants and toddlers are thus disputed.

Conclusion: Better understanding of the regulation of iron metabolism and requirement during the critical early period of growth and development is needed for relevant control of iron deficiency anaemia.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Anemia, Iron-Deficiency / blood
  • Anemia, Iron-Deficiency / epidemiology*
  • Anemia, Iron-Deficiency / physiopathology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Europe / epidemiology
  • Hematologic Tests
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Iron / blood
  • Iron / deficiency*
  • Risk Factors


  • Iron