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Iron status in breast-fed full-term infants.
Turk J Pediatr. 2000 Jan-Mar; 42(1):22-6.TJ

Abstract

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.

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Department of Pediatrics, Istanbul University Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine, Turkey.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

10731864

Citation

Arvas, A, et al. "Iron Status in Breast-fed Full-term Infants." The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics, vol. 42, no. 1, 2000, pp. 22-6.
Arvas A, Elgörmüş Y, Gür E, et al. Iron status in breast-fed full-term infants. Turk J Pediatr. 2000;42(1):22-6.
Arvas, A., Elgörmüş, Y., Gür, E., Alikaşifoğlu, M., & Celebi, A. (2000). Iron status in breast-fed full-term infants. The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics, 42(1), 22-6.
Arvas A, et al. Iron Status in Breast-fed Full-term Infants. Turk J Pediatr. 2000 Jan-Mar;42(1):22-6. PubMed PMID: 10731864.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Iron status in breast-fed full-term infants. AU - Arvas,A, AU - Elgörmüş,Y, AU - Gür,E, AU - Alikaşifoğlu,M, AU - Celebi,A, PY - 2000/3/25/pubmed PY - 2000/4/15/medline PY - 2000/3/25/entrez SP - 22 EP - 6 JF - The Turkish journal of pediatrics JO - Turk J Pediatr VL - 42 IS - 1 N2 - 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. SN - 0041-4301 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/10731864/Iron_status_in_breast_fed_full_term_infants_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/breastfeeding.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -