Nutritional Status of Children on Complementary Feeding Practices


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Authors

  • N. B. Jadav
  • Mamta Kumari
  • Jagdeep Singh

Keywords:

Nutritional status, Complementary feeding, Malnutrition, Feeding practices, Health, Community, Breastfeeding

Abstract

Complementary feeding is transitional phase where the infant is introduced with the solid foods. It is a gradual change from breastfeeding to family foods to the baby achieving six months of age. Introduction of timely, adequate and balanced weaning food is perhaps one of the most important measures to combat infant’s malnutrition. Poor feeding practices results in poor performance in later life. For the study, 25 children were selected from an Anganwadi Centre and discovered the prevalence of malnutrition among the children (1-5 years) on the basis of height, weight, head/chest circumference, MUAC, etc. The degree of
malnutrition was higher in boys than girls due to poor socio-economic conditions, lack of knowledge of mothers, dietary pattern, early marriages, lack of weaning/supplementary food, etc. To prevent childhood malnutrition mother’s knowledge and good feeding practices
should be prioritized. Thus, promotion of appropriate feeding practices should focus not only to mothers but also on other family members through Anganwadi Workers to prevent malnutrition.

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Submitted

16.09.2021

Published

17.09.2021

How to Cite

Nutritional Status of Children on Complementary Feeding Practices. (2021). Indian Journal of Extension Education, 57(4), 13-17. https://epubs.icar.org.in/index.php/IJEE/article/view/115422

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