Nutritional Status of Children on Complementary Feeding Practices

Indian Journal of Extension Education
Year: 2021 (OCt-Dec), Volume: (57), Issue. (4)
First page: (13) Last page: (17)
Online ISSN: 2454-552X
Print ISSN: 0537- 1996
doi: 10.48165/IJEE.2021.57403

Nutritional Status of Children on Complementary Feeding Practices

N. B. Jadav1, Mamta Kumari2* and Jagdeep Singh3

1Senior Scientist and Head
2Subject Matter Specialist, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Junagadh Agricultural University, Pipalia, Rajkot-360410, Gujarat
3Senior Consultant and Director, Recap Consultancy LLP, Varanasi-221007, Uttar Pradesh 

Corresponding Author: Mamta Kumari
Email: mamta.kumari27@gmail.com

Received:
17-04-2021

Accepted:
20-08-2021

Online Published:
15-09- 2021

How to cite the Article

N. B., J., Mamta, K., & Jagdeep, S. (2021). Nutritional Status of Children on Complementary Feeding Practices. Indian Journal of Extension Education, 57(4), 13–17. Cite
N. B., Jadav, et al. “Nutritional Status of Children on Complementary Feeding Practices.” Indian Journal of Extension Education, vol. 57, no. 4, 2021, pp. 13–17. Cite
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N. B. J, Mamta K, Jagdeep S. Nutritional Status of Children on Complementary Feeding Practices. IJEE. 2021;57(4):13‑7. Cite
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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.

Keywords

transitional , breastfeeding , timely, adequate ,circumference, MUAC, malnutrition