Indian Journal of Public Health

COMMENTARIES
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 142--144

Selenium supplementation for the preterm Indian neonate


Geeta Gathwala1, Rahul Aggarwal2 
1 Professor and Head, Department of Pediatrics, Neonatal Services Division, Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, Haryana, India
2 Junior Resident, Department of Pediatrics, Neonatal Services Division, Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, Haryana, India

Correspondence Address:
Geeta Gathwala
6 J/8, Medical Campus, Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, Haryana
India

Deficient antioxidant defenses in preterm infants have been implicated in diseases such as bronchopulmonary dysplasia, retinopathy of prematurity, necrotizing enterocolitis, periventricular leukomalacia, and intraventricular hemorrhage. The antioxidant properties of selenium make it important in the nutrition of very low-birth weight (VLBW) infants. Selenium is a component of glutathione peroxidase (GPX), an enzyme that prevents the production of free radicals. Preterm infants have low selenium stores and require supplementation by parenteral and enteral routes. This communiquι reviews the beneficial role that selenium supplementation might play in improving neonatal outcomes.


How to cite this article:
Gathwala G, Aggarwal R. Selenium supplementation for the preterm Indian neonate.Indian J Public Health 2016;60:142-144


How to cite this URL:
Gathwala G, Aggarwal R. Selenium supplementation for the preterm Indian neonate. Indian J Public Health [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Dec 2 ];60:142-144
Available from: https://www.ijph.in/article.asp?issn=0019-557X;year=2016;volume=60;issue=2;spage=142;epage=144;aulast=Gathwala;type=0