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Title: Anemia and nutritional status of children in day-care centers in Guaxupe
Authors: Camillo, Carlos Cesar [UNIFESP]
Amancio, Olga Maria Silverio [UNIFESP]
Vitalle, Maria Sylvia de Souza [UNIFESP]
Braga, Josefina Aparecida Pellegrini [UNIFESP]
Juliano, Yara [UNIFESP]
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Keywords: anemia
child day-care centers
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2008
Publisher: Assoc Medica Brasileira
Citation: Revista Da Associacao Medica Brasileira. São Paulo: Assoc Medica Brasileira, v. 54, n. 2, p. 154-159, 2008.
Abstract: OBJECTIVE, To evaluate the nutritional status and the prevalence of iron deficiency anemia in children attending public day care centers in the city of Guaxupe (MG), Brazil.METHODS. Children of both genders, from 6 to 72 months, registered in public day-care centers in the city of Guaxupe, were studied Nutritional evaluation was conducted using the Z-score for height-to-age and weight-to-height relationships. Hemoglobin dosage, serum iron, total iron binding capacity and the transferrin saturation index were used for diagnosis of anemia.RESULTS. Z score < - 2 was observed in 3.3% of the children for the height-to-age relationship and of 0.4% for the weight-to-height relationship. Prevalence of total iron deficiency anemia was of 16.1%. in the age span from 6 to 36 months it was of 44.6%. the entire e sample showed 45% with low serum 1 on, 37 9% with high total iron binding capacity and 43. 1 % with a low transferrin saturation Index.CONCLUSION. Malnutrition was not considered to be a problem due to its low prevalence; however, an important prevalence of iron deficiency was observed. Iron deficiency anemia is more prevalent in children between 6 and 36 months confirming that this age span is more vulnerable, No association between iron deficiency anemia and the Z score of the studied anthropometry relationships was found.
ISSN: 0104-4230
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