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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 40-41

Serum zinc levels of healthy Nigerian infants in the first six months of lactation

1 Department of Paediatrics Jos, University Teaching Hospital Jos, Jos, Nigeria
2 Department of Biochemistry, University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria

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Objective: To establish the serum zinc levels in Nigerian children in the first six months of lactation. Materials and methods: This was a cross sectional study. Serum zinc 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 zinc level obtained is 1.21ug/ml. Conclusions: The mean serum zinc level obtained is appropriate for the infants as their growth was satisfactory and no signs of zinc deficiency were noted.

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