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February 11, 2020 Tuesday 11:02:21 AM IST

Zinc Supplement Prevents Retardation

Parent Interventions

Zinc supplements for children in the age group of 6 to 24 months was found to provide a beneficial impact on growth and average length increment, according to a study done by researchers in Teheran. Zinc is naturally present in most foods. But deficiency of zinc in infance can lead to impaired immunity, growth retardation and impaired neurodevelopment. The researchers divided children into two groups- one intervention and the other control. The intervention group was given 5mg elemental zinc and the other group a placebo. The prevalence of zinc deficiency was significantly lower in the intervention group compared to the placebo group. No complications and adverse effects were reported and the compliance was good.