Before embarking on a policy of widespread investigation of anemia in
children presenting to acute care settings, review this old data that
suggests that even mild infections can alter iron bioavailability causing a
transient and benign anemia.

Reeves JD et al. Iron deficiency in infants: The influence of mild
antecedent infection. J Pediatr 1984;105:874-879.

Jansson LT et al. Anemia in children with acute infections seen in a primary
care pediatric outpatient clinic. Pediatr Infect Dis 1986;5(4):424-427.

Jay D. Fisher MD
UMC Pediatric Emergency Services
Las Vegas NV

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