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Volume 7 Issue 10 (October, 2019)

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Assessment of vitamin A deficiency among children- A clinical study
D.S Ramu

Background: Vitamin A deficiency is common among children and child bearing mothers. The present study was conducted to assess prevalence of vitamin A deficiency among children. Materials & Methods: The present study was conducted on 48 children of age ranged 4-10 years. In all children, history of vitamin A supplementation, socio-economic status, frequency of consumption of vitamin A rich food etc. was recorded. Serum retinol levels were measured. Results: Out of 48 patients, boys were 18 and girls were 30. Out of 18 boys, 4 boys (22.2%) and out of 30 girls, 8 (26.7%) girls had vitamin A deficiency. 32 children had low SES, 6 had medium and 10 had high. The difference was significant (P< 0.05). Conclusion: Authors found that prevalence of vitamin A deficiency was found 22.2% in boys and 26.7% in girls. Key words: Serum retinol, Socio-economic status, Vitamin A.

 
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