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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 46  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 528-532
Complementary feeding practices and nutritional status of children (6–23 months) in an urban resettlement colony of East Delhi

1 Department of Community Medicine, University College of Medical Sciences and GTB Hospital, Delhi, India
2 Breast Feeding Promotion Network of India, Delhi, India

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Dr. Pragti Chhabra
Department of Community Medicine, University College of Medical Sciences and GTB Hospital, Delhi - 110 095
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_1046_20

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Background: Even with optimum breastfeeding, children are at risk of being stunted if they do not receive timely adequate and appropriate complementary feeding. Objectives: The objective is to determine the prevailing complementary feeding practices, and nutritional status of children aged 6–23 months. Materials and Methods: Mothers of 350 children of age 6-–23 months of an urban resettlement colony of East Delhi were interviewed using a pre-tested questionnaire based on the WHO indicators to record their complementary feeding practices. Weight and height was taken to assess the nutritional status. Results: The minimum meal frequency was adequate in 60.6%, minimum dietary diversity in 15.1%, and minimum acceptable diet in 9% children. The prevalence of wasting was 43.7%, underweight 43.4%, and stunting 29.1%, as per Z-score. Statistically significant association of wasting with low birth weight, bottle feeding, and consumption of market food was observed (P < 0.05). Conclusions: Complementary feeding indicators were unsatisfactory in most children. A high prevalence of wasting and under-nutrition was observed.

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