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Study on nutritional status of children under 5 years in palpa district, nepal: speacial reference to baal vita

  • Deelip Kumar Karki Lumbini Medical College
  • B S Lall
  • V Paul

Abstract

Background: Malnutrition is a pathological state resulting from a relative or absolute deficiency or excess of one or more essential nutrients. Malnutrition is a major underlying cause of the child morbidity and mortality in Nepal. Adequate nutrition is a fundamental right for every human being. Malnourished child is depriving from physical and mental development. Objectives: To assess the nutritional status of children under 5 years and to find out the knowledge and practice regarding micronutrient powder “Baal vita” Materials and Methods: Descriptive cross sectional community based study was conducted in Palpa district, total of 390 respondents at the age of 6-59 months were selected with the help of multistage sampling. Through anthropometry, prevalence of underweight, stunting and wasting was determined. Results: Prevalence of underweight, stunting and wasting was 25.9%, 27.2% and 7.3% respectively. The association between age of the mother at the birth of the children and nutritional status of children is not statistically significant. Majority of the children (80.5%) used to take junk foods sometimes, followed by 16.7% very often, 2.8% children never used to take. Majority of the children (52.6%) were taken the micronutrient powder (first course) but the coverage of second course of micronutrient powder was 29.5% and followed by third course coverage was only 18.9%. Conclusion: The nutritional status of children in this study were found to be satisfactory because compared to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target but the coverage of micronutrient powder is low.

How to Cite
KARKI, Deelip Kumar; LALL, B S; PAUL, V. Study on nutritional status of children under 5 years in palpa district, nepal: speacial reference to baal vita. Journal of Lumbini Medical College, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 2, p. 99-101, dec. 2013. ISSN 2542-2618. Available at: <https://jlmc.edu.np/index.php/JLMC/article/view/31>. Date accessed: 23 oct. 2017.