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Effect of Zinc Supplementation on Growth in Very Low Birth Weight Infants.
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PMID:  21546443     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
This was a randomized blinded placebo controlled trial undertaken to study the role of zinc supplementation on growth, primarily the linear growth velocity in very low birth weight (VLBW) infants at 3 months corrected age (CA). Out of 134 neonates with birth weight <1500 g, 101 babies were eligible. Due to lack of consent 10 were excluded. The remaining 91 neonates who were comparable for sex, gestational age, birth weight, APGAR and age at enrollment were randomized to receive either 1 ml of zinc sulfate (10 mg elemental zinc) (n = 46) or 1 ml placebo (n = 45) from enrollment to 60 days. The infants in the zinc group had significantly higher linear growth velocity (0.98 ± 0.12 cm week(-1)) compared to a placebo group (0.67 ± 0.15 cm week(-1)) (p < 0.001) at 3 months CA. We concluded that zinc supplementation at 10 mg day(-1) for 60 days in VLBW infants improves their linear growth during infancy.
T V Ram Kumar; Siddarth Ramji
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-5-5
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of tropical pediatrics     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1465-3664     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 May 
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Created Date:  2011-5-6     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8010948     Medline TA:  J Trop Pediatr     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Neonatal Division, Department of Pediatrics, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi 110002, India.
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