The impact of feeding practices on prevalence of under nutrition among 6-59 months aged children in Khartoum

Mohieldin, Ali (2010) The impact of feeding practices on prevalence of under nutrition among 6-59 months aged children in Khartoum. Sudanese Journal of public Health, 5 (3). pp. 151-157.

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Poor children’s feeding practices can lead to malnutrition which is a major public health problem in developing countries including Sudan. This cross-sectional study was conducted during July 2008 - July 2010 to understand the relationship between feeding practices and prevalence of stunting, wasting, and underweight among 6 -59 months aged children, in Khartoum state. A cluster sampling technique was used for selecting 780 households each with at least a child aged 6-59 months. A structured questionnaire and checklists which included feeding practices were filled through observation and interview with the mothers/ caregivers. Nutritional status of participating children was assessed using anthropometric measurements and categorized according to WHO guidelines. The study revealed that out of 780 children who participated in the study the prevalence of acute malnutrition (wasting) was 19%; the prevalence of underweight was 35%, and chronic malnutrition (stunting) represents 51%. The most important factors that were reported to significantly affect nutritional status were improper washing of raw food (9%) (p value = 0.001), not washing hands after coughing (65%) (p value = 0.002), not washing hands after handling rubbish (11%) (p value = 0.008), raw food coming in contact with/and ready-to- eat -food (58%) (p value = 0.042), family food exposed to insects and rodents (24%) (p value = 0.005), mothers/caregiver didn’t cover their mouth and nose after coughing (59%) (p value = .000), purchasing pre-packed/ processed children food without checking expired date (63%) (p value = 0.011), and usage of public toilets by caregivers (48%) (p value = 0.035). The study revealed that poor feeding practices, may contribute to the higher risk of malnutrition in Khartoum.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Public Health
Divisions: College of Applied Medical Sciences - Khamis Mushyait > Public Health
Depositing User: ع� ابرا�
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2016 17:16
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2016 17:16

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