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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Prevalence of anemia among preschoolers and response to iron supplementation
Author: Costa, JT
Bracco, MM
Gomes, PAP
Gurgel, RQ
Abstract: Objectives: To assess the prevalence of anemia among children attending public preschools in Ilhabela, state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and their response to a treatment regimen. Methods: Between 2007 and 2008, the weight, height, and hemoglobin levels of 667 children were measured in the school setting. Anemic children were prescribed a 12-week course of ferrous sulfate, and follow-up assessment visits were scheduled for halfway through this course and the end of treatment. Results: The prevalence of anemia was 25.6% (N = 170). The lowest hemoglobin level measured was 9.5 g/dL. Anemia was most prevalent (36%) in children between the ages of 60 and 65 months. Median hemoglobin levels rose to 11.8 g/dL from 10.5 g/dL after treatment; 76% of children recovered from anemia. Conclusion: Screening for anemia in the school setting and prompt therapy, including mid-treatment follow-up, proved to be an effective strategy for facing this major public health issue.
Subject: Anemia
hemoglobin meter
Country: Brasil
Editor: Soc Brasil Pediatria
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.2223/JPED.2049
Date Issue: 2011
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