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1. One mg/kg/day to a maximum of 15 mg/day (assuming 10% absorption) is required in normal infants.

2. Two mg/kg/day to a maximum of 15 mg/kg/day is required in low-birth-weight infants, infants with low initial hemoglobin values, and those who have experienced significant blood loss.

Table 3-1. Causes of Iron-Deficiency Anemia

I. Deficient intake

Dietary (milk, 0.5-1.5 mg iron/L)

II. Increased demand

Growth (low birth weight, prematurity, low-birth-weight twins or multiple births,

adolescence, pregnancy), cyanotic congenital heart disease

III. Blood loss

A. Perinatal

l.

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