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From Black Canyon City, Arizona, USA:

My six year old son has been diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia, and also displays some of the symptoms of hypoglycemia, including moodiness, inattentiveness, irritability, and fatigue. He usually responds to a granola snack, apple or cheese. He has never been tested for hypoglycemia. Is there any correlation between the anemia and hypoglycemia? Should I have him tested?


Hypoglycemia is pretty rare in children. Certainly, there are many more conditions (including being a normal six year old) that cause moodiness, inattentiveness, irritability and fatigue. However, if you have concerns about hypoglycemia, I would suggest discussing them with your son's pediatrician. There is a possibility of a correlation between the anemia and fatigue, but only if the anemia is moderate or severe. Mild iron deficiency anemia most commonly has no readily identifiable symptoms.


Original posting 21 Dec 2000
Posted to Hypoglycemia


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