A study of serum zinc of neonates and their mothers

Journal Title: Medpulse International Journal of Pediatrics - Year 2018, Vol 6, Issue 2


Background: Zinc is one of the essential trace metals required for optimal growth and development. Its importance in fetal nutrition and growth has been increasingly recognized. Zinc is a trace element necessary for normal growth and development. It influences the synthesis of nucleic acids and thus is essential for cellular growth, division and differentiation and new tissue synthesis. Requirements for Zinc increase during period of rapid growth, such as pregnancy, infancy and puberty. Aims and Objectives: Estimation and comparison of cord blood Zinc levels of AGA and SGA of term and preterm neonates. Estimation and comparison of maternal serum Zinc levels in mothers of the above group. To test the hypothesis “Maternal Zinc levels affects the birth weight of the baby”. Materials and Method: This study was carried out in St James hospital, chalakudy. A 600 bedded multispecialty referral hospital from April 2013 to February 2014. Subjects: Babies who were delivered in our labour room were included in our study. Study design: A prospective observational study and this study was conducted after obtaining Ethical clearance from Ethical Committee of medical college. Sample size: 100 babies and their mothers. Data Analysis: The data was analyzed usingSPSS software version 17; the unpaired t-test was applied. Conclusion: Cord blood zinc levels of all babies who were term are higher than that of their mothers. There was no statistically real difference found in the maternal zinc levels of babies who were FT (AGA), FT (SGA) and PT. Thus birth weight is not affected by maternal zinc levels. There was significantly low level of cord blood zinc between FT (AGA) and FT (SGA) and PT

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Kala Raman, Remya R Pai


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Kala Raman, Remya R Pai (2018). A study of serum zinc of neonates and their mothers. Medpulse International Journal of Pediatrics, 6(2), 31-34. https://europub.co.uk/articles/-A-360143