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My 5 year old had a routine cbc done at his 5 year old chex

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My 5 year old had a routine cbc done at his 5 year old chex up last week. Got a call from the office today saying that his white blood cell count is a little low and the doctor wants to recheck in six weeks. Here are my questions:
He wasn't sick when they drew his blood - he had a mild cough. Now he's got a pretty bad cough and a runny nose that started two days after his blood was drawn. Could the low WBC be due to his body trying to fight it off before he began to show symptoms?
How likely is this to be leukemia? They said his iron was mildly low as well, but didn't give me instructions to give him a supplement.
Should I take him to urgent care with his cough considering his low WBC?
Is 6 weeks too long to wait to re draw the blood?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 1 year ago.


Thank you for your question.

I am Dr Saha, I shall try my best to help you.

The count can be low in infection.

As he had mild cough as the time of test, it is likely to be the cause.

It does not sound like leukemia.

However, as the symptoms got worse, he will need an examination by doctor again.

I think his hemoglobin level was not too low, so the doctor did not prescribe iron.

You can give him iron rich foods.

You can read this link on such foods.

I hope this information helps.

If there’s anything else I can do, please let me know.

If you are satisfied, please rate my answer as good or excellent.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok. Thank you.
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 1 year ago.

You are always welcome.

If you are satisfied, please leave an excellent rating.

Best wishes.