My son is 13 years old
and he is a swimmer and practices swimming
for total 3 hours daily
( 1.5 hour in morning and 1.5 hour in evening)
His height is 160 cm and weight 45 kg
His Hb (hemoglobin) is just 10.9
Kindly advise :
1. How much should be his Hb ?
2. How can we improve his Hb?
3. What diet should be given to him keeping in mind his hard swimming practice hours?
Thank you for writing to us
I think that he should reduce the amount he swims daily. Exercising to that limit per week will get him injured.
Get him on a diet of Red meat. He must have at least 120 grams protein daily to fulfill the protein needs. Also, add on some iron by taking some iron syrup.
See a dietician if the Hb levels are still low. They will help you design a diet plan that will cover the loss of iron. Also, please see a Doctor if the values continue to be low and can be due to a chronic disease. Wishing you the best.
Hope this helps you.
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