N. asks from Phoenix, AZ on March 07, 2007
Low Hemoglobin Result
Hello, I took my 9 month daughter for her check up yesterday and Dr performed a hemoglobin exam (took blood from her heel). Nurse informed us that the result was low (9.9) and average is 11. We now have to have further blood work done at a lab. Has anyone had this happen to their child? I'm worried b/c I don't know what this means. The dr was gone when nurse gave us results and nurse did not have answers. Should I be concerned? My daughter is breastfed, but she does get soy formula bottles. Also, she eats baby food. Thank you in adavance.
K.S. answers from Colorado Springs on March 07, 2007
Hello, I just searched on google what this could mean and it gave several different things that could be wrong. Search on google.com "low Hemoglobin" and it will give you different websites that gives you info. Don't be alarmed when it pulls up, this is just some of the things that could be wrong.
P.S. answers from Phoenix on March 07, 2007
Low hemoglobin can mean that she is anemic. There are many different reasons for that. The best thing to do it get her blood drawn at the lab and go from there. If you start researching know, you will just freak yourself out. Wait and find out what is going on first. Good luck.
J.M. answers from Phoenix on March 09, 2007
My daughter is turning 9 months and she has low heboglobins. She has heboglobin type D which is nothing that will hurt her in the long run. I went to a specialist and was told the only time it will affect her is when she has kids and if she gets together that has the same thing that she will have a miscarriage and that she will have a low count whenever someone tests her. I was told that it is a low red blood count and that is how they tell if someone has sickle cell and other stuff. I am suprised they didn't tell you sooner, they found out when my daughter was born that she has a low count and retook the test emmediately after she was born and took another test at 6 months to tell me which one she had. I would speak to your doctor about seeing if they could do the heboglin test on her-that will tell you exactly what type she has. If you have anymore questions-just write me and I will speak to you personally.
D.R. answers from Charlotte on March 08, 2007
This has never happened to my child, but it actually happened to me when I was pregnant with her. A hemoglobin deficiency is a sign of anemia, as a result I was prescribed iron pills.
I would try giving her iron rich (or iron fortified) foods. Iron found naturally in foods is more easily absorbed than that used to "fortify" foods. Maybe since you're breastfeeding you can also help by adding lots of iron rich foods to your own diet like lean red meat, fish, poultry, leafy greens, whole grains,dried fruit, ect.
I'm not sure what els low hemoglobin could be linked to. Since they're going to do more tests I'd imagine there could be other things they want to rule out, but in the meantime trying these things couldn't hurt.
I hope this helped you a little. Good luck to you and your little one!
G.A. answers from Phoenix on March 08, 2007
1st..Low hemoglobin means low iron or anemic, their are ways to control it with what food is eaten, or sometimes medication is needed. 2nd...IN NO CIRCUMSTANCE SHOULD A NURSE BE GIVING TEST RESULTS! For the exact reason that they can't answer any questions! I would complain to the highest power on that one. 3rd..similar situation...my daughter had a low hemo test, it was because I was giving her toooooo much milk. I slowed down on the milk, enforced more juice and water and her test ended up normal again. Dont know if that helps or makes you feel any better, but its a start. Let me know what happens.