The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 67, Issue 10, pp 729–731 | Cite as

Maternal and cord plasma selenium levels in full term neonates

  • Geeta Gathwala
  • O. P. Yadav
  • Ishwar Singh
  • Krishna Sangwan
Original Article


Selenium is a part of the enzyme glutathione peroxidase and has an important role in the prevention of oxygen free radical injury. Hence good selenium nutrition is of special relevance to the neonate. The present study evaluated plasma selenium levels in cord plasma of 82 full term, appropriate for gestational age babies and their mothers at delivery. The plasma selenium levels in babies were 54.17±1.34 ppb which was significantly lower than 70.63±1.62 ppb seen in their mothers. Anemic mothers with a Hb <8 gJ/dl had a plasma selenium level (60.74±4.57 ppb) which was lower than those with a Hb >8 gJdl i.e. 74.19±2.17 ppb. Maternal age, parity, literacy and socio-economic status did not affect the plasma selenium levels.

Key words

Selenium Full term neonates 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Geeta Gathwala
    • 1
  • O. P. Yadav
    • 1
  • Ishwar Singh
    • 1
    • 3
  • Krishna Sangwan
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsPt. B.D.S. Postgraduate Institute of Medical SciencesRohtak
  2. 2.Obstetrics & GynaecologyPt. B.D.S. Postgraduate Institute of Medical SciencesRohtak
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryMaharshi Dayanand UniversityRohtak

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