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HomeAnswersPediatricsbeta thalassemiaPlease suggest a diet for my son with beta-thalassemia.

Kindly suggest diet for my 18 months old son with beta thalassemia intermedia.

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Published At June 22, 2019
Reviewed AtOctober 10, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My son is 1 and a half years old. A few months ago we came to know that his Hb is 4.3 and Hb F is 92 percent and that he has beta thalassemia intermedia. He was immediately transfused once. Now he is taking vitamin C, and Hydroxy and Folic acid and his Hb are 10.2. Please suggest some diet for him to maintain his health.

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As your child is suffering from thalassemia intermedia, you should avoid giving iron rich food and food that leads to an increase in iron absorption.The foods which decrease its absorption are, (i) cereals and (ii) dairy products. The foods which increase the absorption are, (i) fruit and vegetables rich in vitamin C, (ii) meat, fish, shellfish and poultry and (iii) pickles, sauerkraut, soy sauce, vinegar, and alcohol.

You can also supplement the child with folic acid 1 mg a day. Give nutritious diet and vegetarian protein sources, avoid meat and liver. Have a regular follow-up with your pediatrician for Hb level and iron overload.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Amit Kumar Modi
Dr. Amit Kumar Modi

Pediatrics

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