DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20190175

Exposure to early childhood development interventions and its association with responsive feeding and nutritional status of 6 to 35 months old children

Swati Jarole, Subodh S. Gupta, Ashok M. Mehendale, Abhishek Raut

Abstract


Background: The objective of the study was to study the association between exposure to early childhood development (ECD) interventions and responsive feeding and nutritional status among 6-35 months’ children.

Methods: The present analytical cross-sectional study was conducted with 360 children from a primary health centre (PHC) area under the ECD project and 360 children from comparison PHC area. The anthropometric measurement and responsive feeding was assessed and compared among 6-35 months’ children.

Results: There was significant difference in mean scores of ECD activity (p=0.001) and responsive feeding (p<0.001) in ECD area as to comparison area. In the ECD program area, the proportion of children who were malnourished (33.3%) were less as compared to control area (53.9%).

Conclusions: The present study shows ECD interventions at community level delivered through frontline workers resulted in improved responsive feeding practices better nutritional outcomes for children.


Keywords


Early childhood development, Responsive feeding, Malnutrition

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