Hi. I'm a different expert here
First off, no, I wouldn't be concerned that his iron, ferritin, and haemoglobin levels aren't as yet up to normal--they are getting better so he needs to continue on the iron supplement
As for the B12 and folate levels, they can be checked with blood work.
The iron supplement won't affect the color of his teeth.
As for the keratosis pilaris, there are treatments like laser therapy and topical cream so a dermatologist should be consulted
Let me know if I covered all your additional questions
Well folic acid and folate are basically the same. I'd check the B12 and the folate levels just to complete the anemia workup but this sounds like it's purely an iron deficiency anemia problem. No, this isn't thalassemia.
Haptoglobin is a blood test but I really see no reason to check his
If his tests are normal in another two or three months I wouldn't continue the iron supplements beyond that point but I would check his levels in another three months after that.
No one knows exactly what causes keratosis pilaris and he'll probably outgrow it and it isn't dangerous so the dermatologist isn't essetial right now
Tretinoin cream can be used but at his age I'd not use it as yet.
You need to follow the consultant's directions if he wants to stop the iron at some point.;
A good many babies are anemic, yes. As for further testing, he might want to do a GI workup to check for low gastic acid production as a cause for poor iron absorption
I think he needs to stay on the iron for about one more month
The folate and vitamin B12 levels are likely to be normal.
Haptoglobin is to check for hemolytic anemia which I don't think he has
Have you mentioned to the consultant about thalassemia and is there a history of that in your or your husbands family?
And what specifically has the consultant told you about his anemia so far?
I have no idea why the secretary would say that and of course, the secretary isn't a physician.
Unless there's a history of Thalassemia in the families I see no reason to check for that
I would ask specifically what the cause of the anemia is--if it's an iron deficiency then why is he deficient--is it an absorption problem? I would also ask if that's not the case and he's losing blood somehow what is causing that--is it from his GI tract?