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    Strategies for the prevention of iron deficiency anaemia in children [editorial]

    Gokcay G

    Journal of Tropical Pediatrics. 2006 Apr; 52(2):75-77.

    As a result of accumulating evidence about the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding, the World Health Organization issued a statement recommending exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months. This document advised that further studies are needed for assessment of the risk of micronutrient deficiencies, especially in susceptible infants. These infants include those living in areas where iron, zinc and vitamin A deficiencies are prevalent. Upon this word of caution and with recommendations that iron supplementation be started at 4–6 months of age in breastfed infants, such supplementation has been started in some developing countries such as Turkey and Brazil. However current evidence regarding the actual need for this supplementation is inadequate. (excerpt)
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