B12 deficiency can strike at any age, it is not confined to women over 60

Oct 13, 2015 | Misconceptions, Signs and symptoms, Treatment | 3 comments

Signs & symptoms in infants and children
(List supplied by Sally M Pacholok R.N & Dr Jeffrey Stuart co authors of ‘What’s wrong with my child?’

• Developmental delay or regression
• Apathy – Irritability
• Hypotonia (decreased muscle tone)
• Weakness
• Tremor
• Involuntary movements
• Seizures (fits)
• Ataxia (Neurological disorder affecting balance, coordination and speech)
• Anorexia and other eating disorders
• Failure to thrive
• Poor weight gain
• Poor head growth
• Poor socialisation
• Poor motor skills
• Language delay
• Speech problems
• Lower IQ – Mental retardation
• Anaemia
• Macrocytosis (large red blood cells) Note – need not be present!

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  1. Nancy Coughlin

    B12 is critical.

    Also, many cases of celiac are not diagnosed. I should say most cases of celiac and celiac and b12 deficiency are closely related.

      • Corrine

        Do you mean if you have one you most likely have the other ?


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