Effect of Iron Deficiency Anemia in Pregnancy on Child Mental Development in Rural China

S. Chang, L.M. Zeng, I.D. Brouwer, F.J. Kok, H. Yan

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Abstract

In humans, the brain growth spurt begins in the last trimester of pregnancy and extends through the first 2 years of life. Studies show poor cognitive and motor development among children who have iron deficiency anemia in infancy. Prenatal iron deficiency anemia in the third trimester affects child mental development. Prenatal micronutrient supplementation with sufficient iron protects child mental development even when the woman’s iron deficiency anemia is not properly corrected during pregnancy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e755-e763
JournalPediatrics
Volume131
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • developing rat hippocampus
  • micronutrient supplementation
  • double-blind
  • indonesian infants
  • controlled-trial
  • maternal anemia
  • western china
  • women
  • consequences
  • prevalence

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