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RMJ. 2020; 45(2): 474-478


Relationship of weaning practices to malnutrition in children aged 6-24 month presenting at DHQ Teaching Hospital, Sahiwal, Pakistan

Rana Aamir Diwan, Sajid Mustafa, Hira Iftikhar, Sheraz Akbar, Muhammad Saiful Malook, Maaz Qasim.

Abstract
Objective: To assess the association of weaning practices to the malnutrition in children aged 6-24 months, presenting in Pediatrics OPD of DHQ Teaching Hospital, Sahiwal.
Methodology: This cross sectional study included 120 children from Pediatrics OPD of DHQ Teaching Hospital, Sahiwal, selected by non-probability convenience sampling. A structured questionnaire was used to collect data, which was entered and processed by using SPSS version 24.
Results: Out of 120 children, 30.8% had mild malnutrition, 30.0% moderate and 39.2% severe malnutrition. 52% of these children were males and 51.7% had ages ranging between 6-12 months, while 48.3% of them had ages ranging between 12-24 months. 81.67% of the children had started weaning, while 18.33% had not. 87.5% of the children were breastfed. 50% mothers were illiterate, 36.67% had school level education, while 13.33% of them had college level education. A majority of mothers (89.17%) had monthly family income less than PKR. 20,000/month.
Conclusion: Delayed weaning is an important factor in child malnutrition. Mothers should be educated and trained by Lady Health Workers and through mass media about appropriate weaning practices.

Key words: Anthropometry,Breast feeding, Children, Malnutrition, Mothers, Supplementary feeding, Weaning.


 
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Diwan RA, Mustafa S, Iftikhar H, Akbar S, Malook MS, Qasim M. Relationship of weaning practices to malnutrition in children aged 6-24 month presenting at DHQ Teaching Hospital, Sahiwal, Pakistan. RMJ. 2020; 45(2): 474-478.


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Diwan RA, Mustafa S, Iftikhar H, Akbar S, Malook MS, Qasim M. Relationship of weaning practices to malnutrition in children aged 6-24 month presenting at DHQ Teaching Hospital, Sahiwal, Pakistan. http://www.rmj.org.pk/?mno=91798 [Access: May 09, 2020].


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Diwan RA, Mustafa S, Iftikhar H, Akbar S, Malook MS, Qasim M. Relationship of weaning practices to malnutrition in children aged 6-24 month presenting at DHQ Teaching Hospital, Sahiwal, Pakistan. RMJ. 2020; 45(2): 474-478.



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Diwan RA, Mustafa S, Iftikhar H, Akbar S, Malook MS, Qasim M. Relationship of weaning practices to malnutrition in children aged 6-24 month presenting at DHQ Teaching Hospital, Sahiwal, Pakistan. RMJ. (2020), [cited May 09, 2020]; 45(2): 474-478.



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Diwan, R. A., Mustafa, . S., Iftikhar, . H., Akbar, . S., Malook, . M. S. & Qasim, . M. (2020) Relationship of weaning practices to malnutrition in children aged 6-24 month presenting at DHQ Teaching Hospital, Sahiwal, Pakistan. RMJ, 45 (2), 474-478.



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Diwan, Rana Aamir, Sajid Mustafa, Hira Iftikhar, Sheraz Akbar, Muhammad Saiful Malook, and Maaz Qasim. 2020. Relationship of weaning practices to malnutrition in children aged 6-24 month presenting at DHQ Teaching Hospital, Sahiwal, Pakistan. Rawal Medical Journal, 45 (2), 474-478.



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Diwan, Rana Aamir, Sajid Mustafa, Hira Iftikhar, Sheraz Akbar, Muhammad Saiful Malook, and Maaz Qasim. "Relationship of weaning practices to malnutrition in children aged 6-24 month presenting at DHQ Teaching Hospital, Sahiwal, Pakistan." Rawal Medical Journal 45 (2020), 474-478.



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Diwan, Rana Aamir, Sajid Mustafa, Hira Iftikhar, Sheraz Akbar, Muhammad Saiful Malook, and Maaz Qasim. "Relationship of weaning practices to malnutrition in children aged 6-24 month presenting at DHQ Teaching Hospital, Sahiwal, Pakistan." Rawal Medical Journal 45.2 (2020), 474-478. Print.



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Diwan, R. A., Mustafa, . S., Iftikhar, . H., Akbar, . S., Malook, . M. S. & Qasim, . M. (2020) Relationship of weaning practices to malnutrition in children aged 6-24 month presenting at DHQ Teaching Hospital, Sahiwal, Pakistan. Rawal Medical Journal, 45 (2), 474-478.








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