In general, hereditary hemochromatosis (HH) has been considered as an “adult onset” disease, however, there have been a number of “pediatric” cases reported, ages 3 years to 21 years old. Some of these cases do not fit the category of “juvenile” hemochromatosis and the children involved test positive for homozygosity of the HFE gene mutations.
It is for this reason, among others, that the American Hemochromatosis Society urges parents to genetically screen their children so that they know what their genetic risk is and to test their children good eating habits in relation to this potential risk (i.e. moderate red meat intake, minimal alcohol intake during their adult lives, etc.). In addition, parents screening children can identify the gene mutation(s) in the family’s gene pool and save lives in that manner as well.
The American Hemochromatosis Society welcomes input from parents on children with iron overload due to HFE associated hereditary hemochromatosis.