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Anaemia of prematurity
Anaemia of prematurity can be a problem for preterm babies. Anaemia means that your baby has less red blood cells that carry oxygen than they normally should. It is due to an immature bone marrow.
- Anaemia can cause your baby to look pale and become more tired.
- If your baby is anaemic, they will need regular check-ups in the baby clinic until it gets better.
- Haemoglobin is what makes blood red and it carries oxygen in the blood. Some babies need to have a blood transfusion to treat this anaemia.
- Iron is important for red blood cells and haemoglobin. Most babies who were born preterm are recommended to take iron supplements during their first year after they are a month old, unless they get enough iron from their diet.