Traditionally, iron drops have been used in the treatment of iron deficiency, however they are not well accepted and
compliance is low. Sprinkles may therefore be a valuable alternative. Using a double-blinded randomized controlled trial, we
examined the acceptability and safety of Sprinkles versus a placebo over a six-month period in non-anemic children.
To examine acceptability and adherence to Sprinkles versus a placebo in non-anemic children.
Adherence was approximately 60% with no differences between Sprinkles and placebo groups. Sprinkles were well accepted by caregivers.
Side effects (diarrhea, vomiting, darkening of the stool) were very rare and similar in Sprinkles and placebo groups.
Hemoglobin distribution increased in the Sprinkles group and decreased in the placebo group, though not significantly.