Anemia in children

Anemia is fairly common in kids and there are many potential causes. Some have simple fixes and others are more serious. If your child has iron deficiency anemia, your pediatrician is a great place to start. For others, when anemia is caused by serious, chronic conditions, your child may need expert care. Our pediatric hematologists are nationally recognized and can help identify the cause and treatment options.

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Anemia indicates a low level of healthy red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the body’s tissues. This is one of the most common blood disorders in children. Many kids have no symptoms, or symptoms might include fatigue, irritability, dizziness, lightheadedness and decreased appetite or energy. Treatment depends on the specific cause.

Your Child's Care Begins Here

Anemia is one of the more common blood disorders, but when it affects your child, finding the right treatment becomes your primary focus. 

Our pediatric hematology specialists bring years of experience to the treatment of childhood anemia. We can recommend specific medications if vitamin or iron deficiency is a problem. If your child's condition is more serious, we offer the latest transfusion techniques and a dedicated bone marrow transplant team for kids. We can help your child avoid potential complications from anemia, so he or she can enjoy a more active and healthy life.

Treatments We Provide

Blood / Bone Marrow Transplant

Blood/bone marrow transplantation can use stem cells to restore blood cell production. Our pediatric blood and bone marrow transplant program is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy. This FACT designation means that we meet rigorous national quality standards for patient care and cell therapy treatments.

Blood Transfusion

Some chronic forms of anemia may require blood transfusions to increase the red blood cell count.


Some children with anemia may need special iron supplements. These are administered in liquid or pill form, or, rarely, by infusions in our clinic.