Predictive factors of iron depletion in late preterm infants at the postnatal age of 6 weeks

M.D. Akkermans, L. Uijterschout, M. Abbink, P. Vos, L. Rovekamp-Abels, B. Boersma, J. B. van Goudoever, F. Brus

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BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Late preterm infants (born. 32 weeks of gestation) are at risk for developing iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia, and this may lead to impaired neurodevelopment. In the Netherlands, there is no guideline for standardised iron supplementation in these infants. Individualised iron supplementation has been suggested (that is, treating those infants with the highest risk), but risk factors for deprived iron stores in this specific group of infants are not well documented. SUBJECTS/METHODS: In this prospective multi-centre study, we analysed the iron status at the postnatal age of 6 weeks of 68 infants born between 32 and 35 weeks of gestation in the Netherlands. Serum ferritin (SF)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)941-946
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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