A study on effect of nutritional variables in children with iron deficiency anemia in south Indian population

Journal Title: Medpulse International Journal of Pediatrics - Year 2019, Vol 9, Issue 1


Background:Iron Deficiency (ID) is the most prevalent nutritional disorder in the world. The prevalence of Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) is about 9% in toddlers, 9-11% in adolescent girls and less than 1% in teenage boys. IDA presents when there is not sufficient iron for haemoglobin synthesis. In particular it has negative effects on the behavior, cognitive performance, immune system and physical growth of infants, preschool and school age children.Material and Methods:Blood samples of 337 randomly selected children (6-59 months) visited to Pediatrics OP at MIMS Hospital, were taken in the study. Serum ferritin, Complete Blood Cell (CBC) and hematological indices were measured.Results:In this study (61.1%) of the children had serum ferritin less than 12mcg/dl. Prevalence of IDA were (29.1 %). The results showed that most children with IDA were at (12-23) months. Families with more than 6 children had (4.49) times greater chance of IDA. The mean of breast-feeding in non-IDA children was higher than IDA children (17.6 and 16.3 months respectively, P>0.05). In this study families who gave tea to their children for (1-11) months had the highest prevalence of IDA.Conclusion:There are several main risk factors for ID and IDA in the children. Parent's illiteracy, family income and using cow's milk before 12 months are among most important risk factors for iron deficiency for children

Authors and Affiliations

Balaji Bhusan Patnaik, Chandradev Varma


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  • DOI 10.26611/1014914
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Balaji Bhusan Patnaik, Chandradev Varma (2019). A study on effect of nutritional variables in children with iron deficiency anemia in south Indian population. Medpulse International Journal of Pediatrics, 9(1), 13-15. https://europub.co.uk/articles/-A-443837