Why is iron deficiency anemia common in toddlers?
Iron deficiency in toddlers can be due to excessive intake of cow's milk only. Secondary reasons are rapid growth during this phase and inability to consume green leafy vegetables.
If you have boderline iron deficiency then you can get rid of it by consuming a diet rich in iron, green leafy vegetables and fortified cereals.
Yes, you can take iron supplements if your hemoglobin levels are 6. However, consider investigating why your levels are low with a blood test.
Anemia is most prevalent in women in India especially because they are entirely focussed on eating rice and wheat more than green (leafy) vegetables. Hence, women are recommended to eat more green leafy vegetables which can help from preventing anemia.
Iron deficiency rarely causes death however, low levels of iron can cause multiple other complications which can make you feel fatigued throughout the day.