Risk factors identified in a multiple regression analysis to be associated with iron deficiency anemia and severe iron deficiency anemia.
a)Prolonged BMF: exclusive breast milk feeding till >6 months of age. b)Low birth weight: birth weight <2.5 kg. c)Failure to thrive: undernutrition - weight <2nd percentile of age and gender corrected gestation weight, or weight <80% of the ideal weight for age.
Abbreviations: BMF, breast milk feeding; OR, odds ratio; CI, confidence interval; M, male; F, female.