The UK NSC recommendation on Iron Deficiency Anaemia screening in children under 5 years of age
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Why is screening not recommended by UK NSC?
A national screening programme for Iron Deficiency Anaemia (IDA) in Children under 5 Years of Age is not recommended. This is because:
In the absence of screening, the most important factor should continue to be preventing children from developing Iron Deficiency Anaemia by providing good dietary advice.
More about Iron Deficiency Anaemia
Anaemia is a condition that occurs when there is a reduced number of red blood cells or concentration of haemoglobin. There are several different types of anaemia, and each one has a different cause. The most common form of the condition is iron-deficiency anaemia. This is where the body lacks enough iron to keep the red blood cells functioning properly. In children, it is usually due to eating a diet that has too little iron in it.
The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.
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