MULTIPLE MICRONUTRIENT (ZINC, MAGNESIUM) THERAPY TO SEVERE MALNOURISHED CHILDREN: EFFECT ON GROWTH CATCH UP AND CLINICAL RECOVERY

  • Touhida Ahsan Department of Gyanocolgy and Obstetrics, Ibn Sina Medical College, Kallyanpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Mustafizur Rahman Pediatric and Nutritional Rehabilitation Unit, Dhaka Shisu Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Md. Ramatullah Department of Community Medicine, Delta Medical College, Bangladesh
  • Monira Ahsan Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Md. Nazrul Islam Khan Institute of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Sheikh Nazrul Islam Institute of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Abstract

Objective: to supplement zinc and magnesium to severe malnourished children aiming to improve catch up growth and clinical recovery. Design: It was a case control study conducted among one hundred severely malnourished children who were purposively enrolled from the nutritional unit of Dhaka Shishu Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The children were distributed in four groups each comprising twenty-five children having uniform morbidity. Along with the recovering diet and nutrient supplements, the interventional three groups received single zinc, single magnesium and combination of zinc and magnesium therapy. The control group received only the recovery diet and supplement. Increment of growth catch up and hospital stay time was measured and recoded. Setting: Nutritional unit of Dhaka Shishu Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Subjects: one hundred severe malnourished children. Results: It was resulted in that single zinc or magnesium and combination of zinc-magnesium therapy significantly (p<0.05) improved the growth catch-up and clinical recovery of the malnourished children. Conclusions: Multiple Zn and Mg therapy was found to be more effective than the single Zn or Mg therapy in improving the growth catch-up and clinical recovery of the malnourished children.

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Published
2013-10-31
How to Cite
Ahsan, T., Rahman, M., Ramatullah, M., Ahsan, M., Islam Khan, M. N., & Islam, S. N. (2013). MULTIPLE MICRONUTRIENT (ZINC, MAGNESIUM) THERAPY TO SEVERE MALNOURISHED CHILDREN: EFFECT ON GROWTH CATCH UP AND CLINICAL RECOVERY. European Scientific Journal, ESJ, 9(30). https://doi.org/10.19044/esj.2013.v9n30p%p