Serum copper levels of healthy infants in the first six months of lactation.
AbstractOBJECTIVE: To establish the serum copper levels in Nigerian children in the first six months of lactation.
DESIGN: A cross sectional study.
SETTING: Jos University Teaching Hospital.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: Serum copper 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 copper level obtained is 1.60/ml.
CONCLUSIONS: The mean serum copper level obtained is appropriate for the infants as no signs of copper deficiency were noted.
Key Words: Breast fed infants, serum copper level.
Tropical Journal of Medical Research Vol.8(1) 2004: 21-23