Volume : VI, Issue : III, March - 2017

Impact of Maternal Nutritional Knowledge on the Anthropometric Parameters of 0-12 years aged Children.

Riddhi Gupta, Dr. Sarmistha Chakrabarti, Dr. Suniti Ghosh Chatterji , Dr. Debarshi Jana

Abstract :

 Adequate nutrition and good health are the essential criteria that pave the way for children to grow and develop properly. A good nutritional start also boosts their immune system to resist against infection. Since child’s health and nutrition is mostly dependent on their mother’s care, hence it is quite expected that knowledge of mothers regarding health and nutrition plays an important role in the maintenance of nutritional status of children. The present study is thus aimed to assess the impact of maternal nutritional knowledge on the nutritional status of 0–12 years aged children. A cross–sectional study was conducted on total 518 mother–child pairs taken from some selected rural and urban regions of West Bengal. Body weights and heights of children were recorded using standard anthropometric methods and different anthropometric parameters (viz. Weight for Age, Height for Age, Weight for Height, Body Mass Index etc.) were studied to express the nutritional status of children. A pre–tested, self–structured questionnaire was used to assess the nutritional knowledge of mothers. The findings reveal that anthropometric parameters related to long term (viz.HAZ) as well as short term (viz. WHZ and BMI) well being of children were significantly influenced by the nutritional knowledge level of mothers.

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Riddhi Gupta, Dr. Sarmistha Chakrabarti, Dr. Suniti Ghosh (Chatterji), Dr. Debarshi Jana, Impact of Maternal Nutritional Knowledge on the Anthropometric Parameters of 0-12 years aged Children., PARIPEX‾INDIAN JOURNAL OF RESEARCH : Volume : 6 | Issue : 3 | March‾2017


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