The mother of an older infant reports stopping the prescribed iron supplements after 2 weeks of treatment.Which of the following responses by the nurse is most appropriate?
1.“Bring the child in so that we can retest him.”
2.“You need to continue the iron for several more weeks.”
3.“Let’s start a diet that is high in iron.”
4.“No more medication is needed at this time.”
Typically,iron supplements are needed for at least 1 month.By the end of this time,there should be a significant rise in the hemoglobin and hematocrit.Therefore,the mother needs to continue the iron supplements for several more weeks.Testing the child after only 2 weeks of treatment may not be beneficial.A significant rise in hemoglobin and hematocrit usually requires approximately 1 month of therapy.Aniron-rich diet should have been started when the diagnosis was made and continued for at least the duration of iron supplement therapy.
CN:Pharmacological and parenteral therapies;CL:Synthesize