Iron testing is conducted in children and adults in order to determine if there is Iron based anemia. Children especially toddlers tend to develop anemia due to drinking of cow’s milk although other problems may be present that causes anemia. Children are generally tested around 1 year and may be tested again as required based on anemia symptoms. Children may also need extra iron during growth spurts.
Women tend to develop iron deficiencies at different stages of their lives and are at higher risk than men. Women that are pregnant often develop iron based anemia during the 3rd trimester but this may also occur earlier. Also, after giving birth an iron deficiency may be present due to a large loss of blood. Likewise during menstrual periods women are much more likely to have low iron levels and it may be a wise idea to take iron supplements during menstruation if a test shows deficiencies.
A loss of blood may be a main reason for getting iron tested as it can cause deficiencies. Adults that give blood often may be at higher risk for anemia. There are also some diseases that prevent the absorption of iron. It is important to get tested for deficiencies instead of just supplementing because too much iron can also be dangerous. If you have some of the following symptoms, it may be time to get your annual iron test.
Iron deficiency anemia symptoms may include:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Extreme fatigue
- Cold hands and feet
- Inflammation of your tongue
- Brittle nails