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I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
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That is a good concern.
It means he is likely absorbing the iron well.
If the amount of iron is less in the intestine, then the stool color will return to normal.
Usually in iron deficiency, iron absorption is very good.
Black stool may not be present all the time.
But, even if it is present, that is not concerning as long as his Hb is going up.
So I should not be concerned that he is no longer absorbing the iron since his stool was normal color this morning?
vitamin C supplements like orange juice improves iron absorption.
in fact it is opposite, he is absorbing better.
He does not get rechecked until September and I am a worrier. Is there any other way to determine if his hb is going up besides the finger prick?
That I can do at home?
checking the palms.
In iron deficiency they become pale.
With good iron supplement they become more red.
also he will have more energy.
look at the palm creases.
Thank you that is very good information to know. He already had tons of energy before learning his iron was low. I cant imagine him with anymore.
You do not need to worry.
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