Iron deficiency is a common finding in the pediatric population with the potential for significant impact on growth and development. In the third talk in our Pediatrics mini-series, we will review signs, symptoms, and lab assessment for detecting iron deficiency, along with current screening guidelines. We will discuss the biochemical importance of iron and what happens if it isn’t there. We will review management options, including dietary and supplemental sources of iron. A case study will be presented to demonstrate clinical presentation and management.
Speaker Bio: Loren Riccio ND, LM, was graduated from Bastyr University with a Doctoral degree in Naturopathic Medicine and Certificate in Naturopathic Midwifery. She is the founder and clinical director of Fern Valley Natural Health, a primary care family practice clinic with a focus in pediatrics and women’s health in Bellevue, Washington. Dr Loren has been adjunct faculty for Bastyr University’s Naturopathic and Midwifery programs since 2004. She developed curriculum for and currently co-teaches a six-course didactic and experiential track, Botanical Medicine for Midwifery Care, for the Bastyr Department of Midwifery Masters program. In the spirit of giving back to the community and the future of our profession, Dr. Loren has been a preceptor for naturopathic and midwifery students both at her private clinic and through focused teaching modules. She is a primary care residency site director for a nationally accredited program through Bastyr University and Institute for Natural Medicine Residency Consortium. When she is not busy at her clinic and teaching, Dr. Loren loves road trips, snuggling with her dogs, and playing roller derby.
*Certified by the WANP for 1 Category 1 continuing education credit for Washington NDs*
(Originally presented on October 8, 2020)