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Editorial
Sep 2012

More Proof That Home Fortification Is of Value in Children With Iron Deficiency Anemia

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Pediatrics, Nutritional Sciences and Public Health Sciences, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012;166(9):869-870. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2012.1514

Most trials examining the impact of micronutrient powders on anemia and iron status have been efficacy studies where variables were controlled and the interventions were closely supervised. A meta-analysis of efficacy trials demonstrated that Sprinkles, a micronutrient powder, were as effective as iron drops and had fewer adverse effects.1 In the prevention trials, the risk for anemia was cut in half.

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