Iron Poisoning (cont.)
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Iron Poisoning in Children Causes
Iron Poisoning in Children Symptoms
Symptoms of iron poisoning usually become evident within 6 hours after an excessive amount of iron is swallowed.
Iron corrodes the intestinal lining and is a direct irritant to the stomach.
People with iron poisoning can have the following symptoms:
A child's vomit or stool may be bloody.
The amount of iron ingested may give a clue to potential toxicity. The therapeutic dose for iron deficiency anemia is 3-6 mg/kg/day. Toxic effects begin to occur at doses above 10-20 mg/kg of elemental iron. Ingestions of more than 50 mg/kg of elemental iron are associated with severe toxicity.
When to Seek Medical Care for Iron Poisoning
Call a doctor, local poison control center, or go directly to the closest hospital's emergency department if you suspect a child has swallowed iron-containing vitamins, even if the child shows no symptoms. Bring the container that lists the strengths with you.
If you find a child among iron pills or pill containers, or a child tells you he or she has swallowed pills, take the child to a hospital's emergency department because symptoms may not have had time to develop.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/21/2016
Douglas S Lee, MD
Ruben Olmedo, MD
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