Symptoms of anemia by iron deficiency in children:
- increased respiratory rate
- increased heart rate
- intolerance to cold
- rapid pulse
- vertical streaks inside of nails
- cracks in the corners of the mouth
Symptoms of anemia by vitamin B12/folic acid deficiency:
- paraesthesia (tingling, pain) of the limbs
- balance disorders
- impaired memory, confusion
- disorders of behavior / personality
Natural treatments for anemia in children
The sun’s rays are beneficial, both to synthesize vitamin D, and to stimulate the formation of red blood cells. Therefore, if the child has anemia, do not keep him away from sunlight, make sure instead that the sunbathing is made in the correct time intervals.
- The pollen
The pollen of small bees is a true elixir for children, containing a complex of beneficial vitamins and minerals, with a high concentration of vitamin B and iron. Mix well 2-3 teaspoons of pollen with 1-2 teaspoons of honey. The child will consume this mixture in the morning, on an empty stomach, being an excellent remedy both for anemia and for revitalizing the entire body.
The almonds are a good source of iron and calcium, ideal for treating anemia in children.
Also very healthy for children is the almond milk, which it is recommended to be drank every morning for 1-2 months.
The preparation of milk is easy: take the almonds and leave them over night to hydrate in a bowl of water, which are further taken out, peeled and grinded in blender, adding a little water and honey.
- Green barley
Green barley is the richest source of SOD (superoxide dismutase) an enzyme with antioxidant properties, that helps improve the immune system.
Green barley juice provides for children the daily requirement of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, enzymes and chlorophyll.
Green barley contains iron, calcium, B complex vitamins, folic acid, being an ideal treatment for children with anemia.
- Beet juice:
An easy and healthy recipe to treat anemia in children is the combined juice of red beet and apple.
Preparation: Mix equal parts of 150 ml beet juice and 150 ml apple juice and drink it fresh.
Another recipe of juice recommended for anemia is the mixture of tomato juice with apple juice in equal parts. It must be consumed in the morning on an empty stomach.
- Rasberry leaf:
The rasberry leaf tea sweetened with honey is an excellent remedy for anemia. The rasberry leafs are rich in iron, vitamin B, beta-caroten, vitamin C and minerals.
The honey contains vitamins and minerals, including iron, copper and manganese.
The nettle tea or nettle tincture is rich in iron, folic acid, B complex vitamins and minerals (calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, zinc).
The dandelion leaves are a rich source of iron and vitamins (B,A,C,K,folic acid).
The raw leaves are added to salads, dandelion being an excelent source of health for the entire family (helps in all hepatic diseases, digestive diseases, blood detoxification, anemia).
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C is essential in treating anemia because it increases the absorbtion of iron at digestive level, the same way as vitamin D is necessary for calcium absorbtion. Therefore it is important for children to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables to provide them the necessary amount of vitamin C.
To treat any kind of anemia, besides the recommended supplements of iron, it is recommended choosing a diet rich in this essential mineral.
Iron sources which should be included in the diet:
- beef liver
- egg yolk
- Green leafy vegetables (spinach, lettuce, green onions, parsley, dandelion leaves) – are also rich sources of folic acid
- red beets / red beet juice + carrot + lemon (for vitamin C).
- dried fruit (raisins, plums)
- wheat bran
- brown rice
- wholemeal bread
- nuts, hazelnuts
- black grapes
- sunflower seeds
- Vitamin B12
Food sources of vitamin B12:
- Organs (liver, kidney)
- Egg yolk
- Iron supplements:
For a maximum absorbtion, the iron supplements must be administered at 2 hours after, in case you consume these foods/substances:
- Drinks that contains coffein: tea, chocolate, cola
- Foods rich in calcium: milk
- Foods rich in fiber: whole grains, vegetables, walnuts
The iron is best absorbed on an empty stomach!
The vitamin C increases the absorbtion rate of iron from the digestive tract.