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Iron status in breast-fed full-term infants.
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PMID:  10731864     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of this study was to evaluate the iron status of full-term babies breast-fed exclusively for four months and the importance of iron supplementation. One hundred sixteen term infants followed up since the newborn period by a well baby clinic were included in the study. Iron deficient and/or anemic infants were excluded from the study at four months. Some of the infants (51) were later given appropriate complementary food besides breast-feeding (Group A) and some (42) were given ferrous sulfate (1 mg/kg/d) (Group B). Blood count and serum iron and ferritin measurements were done at four and six months of age. At the 4th month, iron deficiency was found in 23 (19.8%) infants, 11 of which had iron deficiency anemia. At the 6th month, 23 (45%) infants in Group A were iron deficient and 11 (21.6%) of them had iron deficiency anemia. In Group B, three (7.1%) infants were iron deficient and one (2.4%) of them also had iron deficiency anemia (p < 0.0001). Significant iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia have been found in four-month-old exclusively breast-fed full-term infants. It is observed that complementary food alone is insufficient; there is need for iron supplementation.
A Arvas; Y Elgörmüş; E Gür; M Alikaşifoğlu; A Celebi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Turkish journal of pediatrics     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0041-4301     ISO Abbreviation:  Turk. J. Pediatr.     Publication Date:    2000 Jan-Mar
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-04-12     Completed Date:  2000-04-12     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0417505     Medline TA:  Turk J Pediatr     Country:  TURKEY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  22-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatrics, Istanbul University Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Anemia, Iron-Deficiency / drug therapy*,  etiology
Birth Weight
Body Weight
Breast Feeding / adverse effects*
Chi-Square Distribution
Educational Status
Ferritins / blood
Ferrous Compounds / therapeutic use*
Iron / blood
Maternal Age
Nutrition Surveys
Nutritional Status
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Ferrous Compounds; 7439-89-6/Iron; 7720-78-7/ferrous sulfate; 9007-73-2/Ferritins

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