Blood work for my son

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Offline VB

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Blood work for my son
« on: September 07, 2023, 04:45:22 PM »
Hello all,

Here is my 11 year old son's bloodwork. He is very energetic and active. Doesn't have any pains. Our main goal for him is to grow more bone/weight, more facial growth and muscle mass.

VitD : 16 (30-100)
B12 : 749 (200-771)
Folic acid : >20 (4.5-20)
Ferritin : 43.9 (30-400)
Hg : 10.2 (12.5 - 14)
HEMOGLOBIN ELECTROPHORESIS : consistent with Beta Thalassemia Minor.

We have started 5000 IU of Vitamin-D3 drops for him, per day.

Kindly mention any comments. I would like to do another blood work for TIBC and Iron. Does he need to take any iron supplementation ?

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Offline VB

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Re: Blood work for my son
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2023, 05:49:10 PM »
Hi Andy, kindly share your comments on this post as well. I've included blood work results. My almost 12 year old son's main goal is more bone growth and putting on more weight.

Some parents in similar situation (non-thal minor) are doing Human Growth hormone injections. Some also worked on better gut health and digestion.

Is any more blood work needed for TIBC and Iron ? Should we add more Iron rich foods ?

Thank you!

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Offline TonyF

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Re: Blood work for my son
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2023, 01:43:50 AM »

Make sure he gets sunshine a few times a week at least in the summer, natural vitamin D formed from sunlight is way better than supplemental D(thought thats better than nothing).

Also supplement with some folate(not folic acid).

What does his diet look like? Id ensure he eats high nutrient dense foods and enough protein daily.
red meat regularly, eggs, other proteins too.
Also liver and or shellfish once per week as those have super high nutrient density including iron.
Milk or yoghurt too if milk products isnt an issue.



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Offline VB

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Re: Blood work for my son
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2023, 03:51:53 PM »
Thanks. We are trying to increase sunlight time.

For folate, he takes this  : "Doctor's Best Fully Active Folate 400 with Quatrefolic®️ contains Quatrefolic®, the glucosamine salt of (6s)-5-methyltetrahydrofolate". It takes 1 pill everyday, which is 400 mcg.

We are giving eggs/chicken. But not yet red meat. We will add Lamb for that.
We are not giving any Liver yet.
He does get milk.


 

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