Treatment surprise for childhood 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.

"We expected the newer medication,