DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20212017

Infant and young child feeding practices in children aged fifteen to twenty months

Adarsh Bagali, Karthikeyan Kadirvel, Ilamaran V., P. Soundararajan

Abstract


Background: Infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices plays a very crucial role in early child growth and development. We aimed to find the prevalence of optimal IYCF practices and correlate with the anthropometric measures.

Methods: This hospital based cross sectional study, involving 345 children aged between 15 to 20 months from April 2018 to April 2020 whose mothers were interviewed using a pre-validated questionnaire.

Results: The prevalence of optimal IYCF practices were comparable with the published data. Higher maternal education, higher socio-economic status was significantly associated with better IYCF indicators.

Conclusions: Improved IYCF practices have the potential to improve child’s nutritional status.

 


Keywords


Infant, Child nutrition, Anthropometry, Malnutrition, Maternal education

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