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Could Zinc Supplementation in Pregnancy Improve Infancy Outcomes?

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Z Farajzadegan 1 , * , A Mahmoodian 2 , L Giahchin 3 , Z Yekta 4

1 Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

2 Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

3 General practitioner, Isfahan, Iran

4 Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia , Iran

How to Cite: Farajzadegan Z, Mahmoodian A, Giahchin L, Yekta Z. Could Zinc Supplementation in Pregnancy Improve Infancy Outcomes?, Shiraz E-Med J. Online ahead of Print ; 8(2):80-86.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Shiraz E-Medical Journal: 8 (2); 80-86
Published Online: April 1, 2007
Article Type: Research Article
Received: January 1, 2007
Accepted: March 2, 2007

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Abstract

Introduction: Zinc is a microelement that recently has been more studied in human development and pregnancy outcome. the aim of study is to assess if supplementation of zinc during pregnancy may improve infancy growth and developmental parameters.

Materials and Methods: 190 infants in two different groups (exposed and non exposed) followed via a historical cohort study 6-9months to assess their growth and development. We assessed them by measuring of anthropometric indicators, and also we used DDSTII (Denver developmental scoring test) for evaluating their developmental status.

Results: there were no significant differences between anthropometric indicators among exposed and non exposed group (P>0.0S), but exposed group showed, significantly high percent of advanced score of development (p<0.0S).

Discussion: In conclusion, our results don t support this hypothesis that anthropometric indexes of infants are related to zinc supplementation of their mothers. Nevertheless, more specified studies are recommended to assess zinc effects on infant development.

Keywords

Zink, development ,anthropometric, infant.

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