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Josefina A. P. Braga ; José Augusto A. C. Taddei ; Fernando J. Nóbrega ;Jornal de Pediatria 2006, 82 4

Author: Marco Antonio A. Torres

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Jornal de Pediatria ISSN: 0021-7557 assessoria@jped.com.br Sociedade Brasileira de Pediatria Brasil Torres, Marco Antonio A.; Braga, Josefina A.
P.; Taddei, José Augusto A.
C.; Nóbrega, Fernando J. Anemia in low-income exclusively breastfed infants Jornal de Pediatria, vol.
82, núm.
4, julio-agosto, 2006, pp.
284-288 Sociedade Brasileira de Pediatria Porto Alegre, Brasil Available in: http:--www.redalyc.org-articulo.oa?id=399738113010 How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in redalyc.org Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative 0021-7557-06-82-04-284 Jornal de Pediatria Copyright © 2006 by Sociedade Brasileira de Pediatria doi:10.2223-JPED.1511 ORIGINAL ARTICLE Anemia in low-income exclusively breastfed infants Marco Antonio A.
Torres,1 Josefina A.
P.
Braga,2 José Augusto A.
C.
Taddei,3 Fernando J.
Nóbrega4 Abstract Objective: To verify the behavior of hemoglobin levels and anemia prevalence in full term infants, aged 3 to 6 months and on exclusive breastfeeding. Methods: A cross-sectional study of 242 infants aged 3 to 6 months with birth weights of more than 2,500 g, on exclusive breastfeeding and monitored by the Program for the Promotion of Infant Growth and Development, part of the Paraisópolis Einstein Community Program.
Hemoglobin was assayed by finger prick between the third and sixth months of life.
Anemia was defined as Hb 10.3 g-dL (Saarinen) or Hb 10 g-dL (Brault-Dubuc) for infants aged 3 to 5 months and as Hb 11.0 g-dL (WHO) for infants aged 6 months. Results: Mean hemoglobin concentration was 11.3 and 11.4 g-dL at 3 and 4 months and 11.2 and 11.1 g-dL at 5 and 6 months, respectively.
The percentage of anemic infants varied depending on age and the cutoff adopted, being 11.8, 10.2 and 8.3% at 3, 4 and 5 months, respectively, according to the Brau...





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