Best treatment for child iron deficiency

A once daily, low-dose ferrous sulfate appears to be a better bet for children with nutritional iron-deficiency anemia than the newer, more popular treatment, say US researchers.

In their double-blind, randomised clinical trial of 80 young patients, the team of paediatricians and haematologists has found that those who receive ferrous sulfate for 12 weeks have a greater increase in hemoglobin concentration than those receiving iron polysaccharide complex.

This surprise finding suggests that ferrous sulfate drops should be the treatment of choice, say the authors.