Table 1Suggested schemes for intermittent iron supplementation in preschool and school-age children

Target groupPreschool-age children (24–59 months)School-age children (5–12 years)
Supplement composition25 mg of elemental irona45 mg of elemental ironb
Supplement formDrops/syrupsTablets/capsules
FrequencyOne supplement per week
Duration and time interval between periods of supplementation3 months of supplementation followed by 3 months of no supplementation after which the provision of supplements should restart
If feasible, intermittent supplements could be given throughout the school or calendar year
SettingsWhere the prevalence of anaemia in preschool or school-age children is 20% or higher
a

25 mg of elemental iron equals 75 mg of ferrous fumarate, 125 mg of ferrous sulfate heptahydrate or 210 mg of ferrous gluconate.

b

45 mg of elemental iron equals 135 mg of ferrous fumarate, 225 mg of ferrous sulfate heptahydrate or 375 mg of ferrous gluconate.

25 mg of elemental iron equals 75 mg of ferrous fumarate, 125 mg of ferrous sulfate heptahydrate or 210 mg of ferrous gluconate.

45 mg of elemental iron equals 135 mg of ferrous fumarate, 225 mg of ferrous sulfate heptahydrate or 375 mg of ferrous gluconate.

From: Recommendation

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