Iron deficiency in boys may lead to aggressive behavior

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Anemia is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in children

New Delhi, 29th April 2018: As per a recent study, iron deficiency, anemia, and low plasma vitamin B12 levels in boys around the age of 8 resulted in 10% higher chances of externalizing behaviors such as aggression and breaking of rules. Previous research on infants has shown a link between iron deficiency and lower positive affect, or a child’s alertness, ability to self-sooth and self-regulation.

Iron deficiency anemia is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in children. It happens when a child’s body does not have enough iron to produce hemoglobin, the oxygen carrying protein found in the blood.

Speaking about this, Padma Shri Dr K K Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India, said, “The body needs iron to create oxygen so every cell in the body can function properly. Without it, children can have short attention spans, learning difficulties, headaches, weakness and irritability. Most iron deficiency anemia is attributed to a lack of iron in a child’s diet. The main reason for this is due to growth spurts that occur in infancy, childhood and adolescence. Once diagnosed, children generally recover in about two months on an iron-rich diet. It is important to follow up with the physician to make sure the iron deficiency does not return. Children ages 1 – 12 should consume 7-10 mg of iron every day. Adolescent boys need 11 mg and adolescent girls require 15 mg. Try to incorporate two iron-rich foods each day.”

Some symptoms of this condition include blue tone to whites of eyes, lack of appetite, pale skin, unusual tiredness or weakness, headaches, and unusual food cravings.

Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, who is also the Group Editor of IJCP, said, “Mostly, iron deficiency anemia is mild, and does not lead to any further complications, and can be corrected easily. However, if left untreated for a long time, it can cause other health problems. In pregnant women, this can lead to the birth of a premature or low-birth-weight baby. The most commonly prescribed supplement for this deficiency is ferrous sulphate, taken orally two or three times a day.”

Here are some tips to prevent anemia.

  • Eat foods rich in iron. Some iron-rich foods include dark-green leafy vegetables, such as watercress and curly kale, iron-fortified cereals, whole grains, such as brown rice, beans, nuts, meat, apricots, prunes, and raisins.
  • Include vitamin C-rich foods and drinks in your diet as it will help the body in absorbing iron.
  • Avoid drinking tea or coffee with meals, as this affects the absorption of iron.
  • Include enough sources of vitamin B12 and folic acid in your diet.

Waiting period for surgeries in government hospitals less than one month

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If you live in Delhi and are entitled for Delhi Government services and if you need a surgery and the date given to you is beyond one month, you can get a referral to empanelled 42 private hospitals and get the surgery done there.

The list of hospitals empanelled and the types of surgeries are available on website of Delhi Arogya Kosh. All these hospitals are NABH/ CGHS or Delhi Government Employees Health Scheme (DGEHS) registered.

There are 24 such Delhi Government hospitals and they are authorized to refer to private hospitals.

This is a very good initiative by the government as most surgeries can now be done within one month window. The problem of not getting dates in a government hospitals will be practically over. All emergency surgeries in any way will need to be handled by the government set ups. Other states should follow the same.