Iron deficiency in infants can hold them back for life

Researchers were able to follow up 122 out of 191 individuals they first saw as 12-month-old infants in an urban community in Costa Rica, comparing outcomes on a range of measures after 25 years.

The 33 adults who had chronic iron deficiency as infants were less likely than the others to finish school, go on to further education or training, or to get married.

They also reported poorer emotional (but not physical) health even if they had received iron therapy as a child, underlining the importance of prevention, the researchers said.