Vitamins and Minerals for Children With Downs Syndrome

This study has been completed.
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Institute of Child Health Identifier:
First received: September 19, 2006
Last updated: NA
Last verified: September 2006
History: No changes posted
The trial aimed to examine the effects of supplementation with antioxidants and folinic acid on the health, growth and psychomotor development of children with Down syndrome. 156 children with Trisomy 21, less than 7 months of age were recruited and randomised into four groups to receive antioxidants, folinic acid, a combination of antioxidants and folinic acid or a placebo. Blinded outcome assessment was carried out 18 months later.Blood and urine samples were also taken around 12 months of age to examine metabolic effects of supplementation.

Condition Intervention
Trisiomy 21 (Down Syndrome)
Drug: Antioxidants- (Vitamins A,C,E Selenium and Zinc)
Drug: Folinic acid
Drug: Vitamins A,C,E Selenium and Zinc and Folinic acid.
Drug: Placebo

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind

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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 7 Months
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Under 7 months of age
  • Trisomy 21
  • Live in recruitment Area-i.e. London inside M25, in West Midlands or SW England.
  • One parent speaks English

Exclusion Criteria:

  • No life threatening cardiac disease
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00378456

United Kingdom
Institute of Child Health
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Peninsular Medical School
Exeter, United Kingdom
Institute of Child Health, London
London, United Kingdom
Sponsors and Collaborators
Institute of Child Health
Principal Investigator: Stuart Logan Peninsular Medical School, Exeter
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00378456     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 98CH11 
Study First Received: September 19, 2006
Last Updated: September 19, 2006
Health Authority: United Kingdom: Research Ethics Committee

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Down Syndrome
Abnormalities, Multiple
Chromosome Disorders
Congenital Abnormalities
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Intellectual Disability
Nervous System Diseases
Neurobehavioral Manifestations
Neurologic Manifestations
Folic Acid
Retinol palmitate
Vitamin A
Anticarcinogenic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents
Growth Substances
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Protective Agents
Trace Elements
Vitamin B Complex processed this record on May 30, 2016