Revista Cubana de Pediatría
On-line version ISSN 1561-3119
CORONEL CARBAJAL, Carlos. Micronutrientes: una opción en el tratamiento de las enfermedades diarreicas agudas. Rev Cubana Pediatr [online]. 2000, vol.72, n.4, pp. 261-266. ISSN 1561-3119.
A longitudinal and prospective study was conducted among 126 patients that were admitted in the Service of Acute Diarrheas of "Armando Enrique Cardoso" General Teaching Hospital between June, 1998, and January, 1999. 71 patients were administered microelements (vitamin A, zinc sulfate and ferrous fumarate) in order to know their benefits in the acute diarrheal disease. On concluding the study, it was proved that the length of stay and the episode were shorter in the group of supplemented patients. It was also observed that the number of defecations as well as the nutritional affectation were lower in these patients and that the nutritional recovery and the recuperation of appetite were faster. The consistency of the defecations improved on the third day of treatment in the group that received micronutrients.
Keywords : MICRONUTRIENTS [utilization]; TRACE ELEMENTS [therapeutic use]; DIARRHEA, INFANTILE.