Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Low Red Blood Cell Count Prevention

Prevention of anemia includes:

  • Test your stool for blood:
    • Use a home fecal occult blood test
    • Contact your doctor if the stool is positive for blood.
  • For women who have heavy menstrual bleeding:
  • Pregnant women should take vitamin B supplements.
  • Do not give cow's milk to an infant:
    • Cow's milk does not contain enough iron.
    • Breast milk and formula contain the iron needed for normal development.

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Last Updated: Nov 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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