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Breath Holding and Iron.

The Question: Does iron supplementation in young children lessen breath-holding episodes?

The Study: One hundred children 6 to 36 months old with a history of recurrent breath holding (more than three episodes in the last four weeks) were treated with daily oral elemental iron (3mg/kg/day). The children were followed up regularly until three months after the start of treatment.

The Results: At twelve weeks of treatment, 73% showed a complete response and another 23% showed greater than a 50% improvement. The response rate was unaffected by the presence of iron deficiency anemia. The worse the breath holding, the poorer the response to treatment.

Comment: Iron supplementation, regardless of the child's iron status, appears to treat breath-holding spells in children.

Read More: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 08/17

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Title Annotation:In the Literature
Publication:Pediatrics for Parents
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Sep 1, 2018
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