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My son, 13, was diagnosis 1 month ago with low ferritin. His reading was an 8. He was not anemic yet, but was very close.

The doctor did not have any concerns that there was anthing else going on because all of his other loodwork was normal, and prescribed ferrous glutonate 325 two times a day

My CONCERN is that he has been sick with several viruses and strep throat for almost a full two months. The kind of sick that wipes him out and he doesn't do anything but sleep and sit. He had about 6 days of feeling well between the illnesses...but he just seems to catch ANY little thing that is floating around.

His symptoms:
Feeling very cold; he is almost always wrapped in blankets

Fatigue--extreme-sleeping 12-14 hrs a night

Shortness of breath when doing anything but sitting

depression(most likely from becoming a recluse)

I guess I am trying to ask if this can be normal for his situation. As a mother, I am worried about him,although I know that replenishing iron stores is a long process.
We theorized that he depleted his iron during the winter of 2013 when he grew 7 inches.

I just need some reassurance/guidance.


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