Especially in Mexican-American children
Children bottle-fed past 12 months of age and Mexican-American children may be at high risk for iron deficiency and the problems that accompany it, according to a national study by Medical College of Wisconsin and Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin researchers. The research was done in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Rochester and the American Academy of Pediatrics Center for Child Health Research. The findings appear in the November 2005 issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
"This is the first study that we are aware of to report an association between prolonged bottle-feeding and iron deficiency among a nationally representative sample of children one to three years of age. Our data suggest that prolonged bottle-feeding among Mexican-American infants may be at least partly responsible for the high prevalence of iron deficiency seen in this group," says Jane Brotanek, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of pediatrics at the Medical College. Dr. Brotanek practices at Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin.
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