DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2349-3291.ijcp20164438

Assessment of nutritional status and its association with feeding practices in children under five years

Saba Syed, Biranchi Das

Abstract


Background: The level of child and maternal under nutrition remains unacceptable throughout the world. In India 48% of children are stunted, 20 per cent of children under five years of age suffer from wasting due to acute under nutrition.

Methods: The present study was a cross-sectional study conducted on 211 children from 6 months - 6 years of age. Data collection included socio-demographic characteristics, anthropometric measurements and assessment of infant and young child feeding practices.

Results: A total of 211 (128 females and 83 males) children were included in the study. The prevalence of underweight, stunting and wasting was observed to be 84 (39.81%), 99 (46.92%) and 47 (22.27%) respectively. Proportions of stunting and underweight was significantly more among children whose mothers reported inappropriate feeding practices as compared to their study counterparts.

Conclusions: Under nutrition of sizeable magnitude is prevalent in children less than six years; as revealed by results of the present study. Past and current Infant and young child feeding practices were found to be significantly associated with under nutrition. 


Keywords


Anthropometry, Infant and young child feeding practices, Under nutrition

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