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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 36-40

Impact of feeding practices of mothers on nutritional status of children

1 Lecturer, Shri Guru Ram Dass College of Nursing, Hoshiarpur, India
2 Associate Professor, Shri Guru Ram Dass College of Nursing, Hoshiarpur, India

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Child malnutrition is still a serious health problem in many developing countries including India. Feeding practices of mothers may play a significant role in improvement of nutritional status of children. A descriptive correlational study was conducted to find out correlation between nutritional status of children and feeding practices of mothers. A purposive sampling technique was used to recruit 60 male and female children between the age group of 6 months to 3 years along with their mothers. Nutritional status of children and feeding practices of mothers were assessed through anthropometric assessment and self- reporting feeding practice checklist respectively. The collected data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The results according to weight-for-age calculation revealed that 75% of children had normal nutritional status and 18.3% and 6.7% of children had grade 1 and grade 2 malnutrition respectively. According to height-for-age calculations, 83.3% of children had normal height, 10% of children were short for age, and 1.7% children had gigantism. As per levels of feeding practices of mothers, 31.6% had satisfactory, 41.7% had partially satisfactory and 26.7% had unsatisfactory feeding practices. There was a significant moderately positive correlation (r = .64, p = .01) between weight for age and feeding practices and a non significant low positive correlation (r=.29, p =. 14) between height for age and nutritional practices. Hence, there is a need for creating awareness about healthy feeding practices to combat the problem of malnutrition.

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