Last week two new seminars took place on the importance of the supplementation with iron in pediatric age, which involved theHospital Santo Bambino of Catania and the Policlinico “G. Martino” of Messina.

The need for prophylaxis with iron supplementation in the paediatric age

The first meeting was held in Catania on Tuesday 20 November and involved doctors from the Department of Neonatology and theNeonatal Intensive Care Unit. As part of the course “Anaemia in the newborn: from diagnosis to therapy” , Prof. Giovanna Russo, director of the Department of Paediatric Oncohaematology at the Policlinico di Catania, was involved in the role of moderator.
Specifically, the discussion focused on theimportance of iron in the paediatric age: starting from the problems related to absorption, the need for prophylactic supplementation emerged clearly, not only in the case of premature babies, but also in term births. This from a perspective of prevention of nutritional iron deficiency and greater attention to the development of the cognitive system, in which iron plays a fundamental role. Participating physicians also stressed the importance of avoiding the risks associated with intravenous administration of iron, preferring the use of iron for oral use, especially in pediatric age.

Supplementing iron in pediatric age: a real emergency in the case of kidney or blood diseases

The same results emerged following a meeting held in Messina on Wednesday 21 November, which was attended by doctors from the Department of Pediatric Nephrology and Oncohaematology, introduced by Prof. Chimens, moderator of the discussion. In this case, particular emphasis was placed on the new oral formulation, SiderAL®Gocce Forte, which could become an important tool in cases of iron deficiency or reduced iron intake, as well as in cases where doctors are forced to resort to a therapy based on erythropoietin, which must always be accompanied by proper iron supplementation.

SiderAL®: an effective therapeutic tool even in the most sensitive cases

In this context the characteristics of SiderAL®, the only nutritional supplement based on Sucrosomal Iron® were judged by doctors to be far superior to other iron-based products. As evidenced by the numerous scientific publications in this respect, the products in the SiderAL® line have clear advantages, including greater tolerabilitybioavailability and compliance. In particular, in the paediatric field, there is an evident need to resort to non-invasive and practical solutions to be able to properly integrate iron from the first days of life and throughout children’s growth.

Iron is the most important mineral for our body. Indeed, it is the most abundant element in the blood and the main component ofhaemoglobin. Its role is far from trivial: iron is responsible for transporting oxygen to all the cells of the human body. It also supports energy production and immune response, helping to strengthen the body and increasing resistance to stress and disease.

Iron deficiency: a particularly widespread phenomenon

Unfortunately, we do not always manage to get the right amount of iron through our diet. It is no coincidence that sideropenia(scientific term for iron deficiency) is the most common food deficiency in the world.

Supplementing iron deficiency safely and effectively

Unfortunately, it is difficult for our organism to absorb the right amount of iron, either through food or through supplements. In addition, the latter often cause annoying side effects. How, then, can iron be made more tolerable and assimilable? The final solution is calledsucrosomial iron®. A new patented technology, which surrounds iron molecules with a phospholipidic membrane able to protect the body from side effects and, at the same time, to increase the levels of absorption of this precious mineral.

SiderAL®: The right solution for every stage of growth

Thanks to sucrosomial technology®, Junia Pharma has developed a specific solution for every need and age. From the first months of life up to seven years there is SiderAL® Gocce: a liquid formulation, with an excellent taste, that can be taken for prolonged periods of time. In case of severe iron deficiency, Junia Pharma has also recently developed SiderAL® Gocce Forte, with a dosage of Sucrosomial® iron increasing from 7 to 14 mg/ml.
With growth, the need for vitamins also increases, especially in schoolchildren who are always on the move and in need of energy. To meet this need, SiderAL® Bimbi was created, a supplement contained in practical soluble sachets containing Sucrosomial® iron, Vitamin C and Vitamins B12 and B6.
From the age of ten, one moves on to SiderAL® Oro. The innovative formulation in chewable sticks allows children to supplement iron and vitamins at any time of day in a practical and fast way. In the last few months Junia Pharma has also introduced the new version SiderAL® Oro 14 which, thanks to a dosage of Sucrosomial® iron of 14mg per stick, guarantees 100% of the NRV (Daily Nutrients Reference Value).

Iron is a fundamental substance for the body: in addition to being the mineral present in greater quantities in the blood, it also plays an important role in physical and cognitive development, especially in the case of children during the growth phase. Not only does iron determine blood quality, it also helps to improve resistance to stress and disease, as it helps the immune response and energy production. In addition, it is involved in the production of haemoglobin and, consequently, in the transport of oxygen in the cells.
Iron deficiency (scientifically referred to as “sideropenia”) is the most common food deficiency disorder , especially among children, and should not be underestimated because it could compromise haemoglobin synthesis.

How does iron deficiency manifest in children and what might it depend on?

What are the signs of iron deficiency? Usually when a child suffers from it it appears less lively, it tends to get tired easily and have problems concentrating.
Age plays a key role in determining a state of deficiency: in the first year of life, a child’s body’s need for iron doubles, due to the rapid increase in weight and body volume. The most critical period is until the age of two, because the youngest children need a large amount of minerals and vitamins for growth.

The right food to avoid iron deficiency during weaning

Breastfed babies do not necessarily need iron supplementation because the baby can take the right amount of iron from breast milk and completely absorb it. For this reason, artificial milks are generally enriched with iron and vitamins.
The problem therefore occurs after the sixth month, when weaning begins and it becomes necessary to ensure the correct nutritional intake through solid foods. Not only is it essential to include iron-rich foods in the child’s diet, but also to know how to make the right combinations, as some foods can reduce or, on the contrary, promote the absorption of the mineral in the body.
The most iron-rich foods are meat, fish, eggs, legumes, green leafy vegetables, whole grains and dried fruit. Vitamin C, when associated with these foods, improves the absorption of iron, while cows’ milk is low in iron.

In the event that diet alone is not able to provide the right amount of iron, it is possible to resort to the use of specific supplements for children, of course after consultation with your paediatrician. Supplements such as the products in the SiderAL® line are specifically formulated for children(SiderAL® Children, SiderAL® Drops or SiderAL® Gold), and thanks to Sucrosomial Technology® guarantee maximum tolerance and greater absorption than traditional oral irons.