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Table 2 Characteristics of subjects at baseline in each experimental group

From: Efficacy of different strategies to treat anemia in children: a randomized clinical trial

Characteristics IS IFS MMS FW FCF
N 40 42 36 48 51
Age (m) 20.3 ± 9.4 20.8 ± 8.9 23.6 ± 9.1 22.4 ± 9.5 21.8 ± 8.9
Boys 42.5 47.6 47.2 52.1 52.9
Ferritin < 7 μg/L 50 31.6 56.3 30.4 44.9
Iron < 50 μg/dL 14.3 11.4 3.3 6.7 16.7
Height for age < -2SD 32.5 19 20 27.1 17.6
Weight for height < -2SD 2.5 7.1 0 4.2 0
Weight for age < -2SD 2.5 0 0 0 0
  1. Values are % or mean ± SD. There were no significant differences among treatments with Chi square or ANOVA.
  2. Treatment abbreviations: Iron supplement (IS), iron plus folic acid supplement (IFS), multiple micronutrients supplement (MMS), micronutrient fortified complementary food as porridge powder (FCF), or zinc, iron and ascorbic acid fortified water (FW).
  3. There are no significant differences among treatment groups with ANOVA or Chi Square tests.