Serum copper levels of healthy infants in the first six months of lactation.

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

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: 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
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