For the past 150 years or more, oral ferrous sulphate drops or syrup has been the primary source of iron for the treatment (and prevention) of iron deficiency anemia. When a soluble form or iron (such as ferrous sulphate) is ingested in the proper dose, this intervention is effective. However, adherence to long-term ingestion of oral drops is often poor because of the unpleasant metallic taste of drops; drops can stain a babys teeth unless wiped off immediately after use; and if the dose is high, the infant may complain of abdominal discomfort.
Supplefer Sprinkles was specifically developed to improve adherence (ie. acceptance and use). Compared to drops or syrup,
Sprinkles are easier to use. The table below exemplifies this point. Sprinkles may provide a possible
solution to the problem of adherence and a valuable supplementation method (Taken from Zlotkin, 2002-Editorial).