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Effect of Prenatal Iron Deficiency Anemia on Mental Development of the Child


In a 2-year follow-up study involving 850 children born to women who had participated in a double-blind, cluster, randomized, controlled trial of prenatal micronutrient supplementation in western rural China who were given daily supplementation with folic acid, iron/folic acid (60 mg iron), or multiple micronutrients (with 30 mg iron) during pregnancy, it was found that iron deficiency anemia in the third trimester of pregnancy was associated with significantly lower mental development index in the child at 12, 18, and 24 months of age, as compared to the non-iron deficient anemia group. However, supplementation with iron/folic acid was found to protect child development even if the iron deficiency anemia was not fully corrected during the pregnancy.

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