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The UK NSC recommendation on Iron Deficiency Anaemia screening in children under 5 years of age

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
Last review completed December 2017
Next review due in 2020/21
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More about Iron Deficiency Anaemia

Anaemia is a condition that occurs when there is a reduced number of red blood cells or concentration of haemoglobin. There are several different types of anaemia, and each one has a different cause. The most common form of the condition is iron deficiency anaemia. This is where the body lacks enough iron to keep the red blood cells functioning properly. In children, it is usually due to eating a diet that has too little iron in it.

>>Read more about iron deficiency anaemia on NHS Choices


Faculty of Public Health
Institute of Child Health
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

Related documents

icon IDA review (2013) (PDF document, 356KB, 02/08/17)
icon Review of Iron Deficiency Anaemia against UK NSC criteria [Feb 2013] (PDF document, 354KB, 07/02/13)
icon Summary of policy and consultation responses for IDA in children (2013 review) (PDF document, 268KB, 02/08/17)
icon Summary of Policy Recommendation and Consultation Responses for IDA in Children (PDF document, 273KB, 04/07/13)

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