Serum Zinc Levels of Healthy Nigerian Infants in the First Six Months of Lactation

  • CC Ezechukwu Department of Paediatrics Jos University Teaching Hospital Jos, Nigeria
  • G Ubom Department of Biochemistry University of Jos, Nigeria
  • KI Airede Department of Paediatrics Jos University Teaching Hospital Jos, Nigeria
Keywords: Breast fed infants, serum zinc level

Abstract

Objective: To establish the serum zinc levels in Nigerian children in the first six months of lactation.

Materials and methods: This was a cross sectional study. Serum zinc levels were assessed in 120 healthy breast fed infants in the first six months of lactation. Atomic absorption spectrophotometer was used for the analysis.

Results: The average serum zinc level obtained is 1.21ug/ml.

Conclusions: The mean serum zinc level obtained is appropriate for the infants as their growth was satisfactory and no signs of zinc deficiency were noted.

Key Words: Breast fed infants, serum zinc level.

Journal of College of Medicine Vol.9(1) 2004: 40-41

Author Biography

CC Ezechukwu, Department of Paediatrics Jos University Teaching Hospital Jos, Nigeria
Correspondence to: Dr. Clement C Ezechukwu PO Box 625 Nnewi Anambra State Nigeria
Published
2004-06-18
Section
Articles

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