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Nutritional Status, Proteinuria and Glycosuria among Primary School Children in a Rural Community of Bangladesh

Ibrahim Medical College
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  • Biology
  • Education
  • Medicine


IMC Journal- Vol (3) 08 LettersLettersLettersLettersLetters KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND FEEDING PRACTICES AMONG THE MOTHERS HAVING UNDER-5 CHILDREN IN A RURAL COMMUNITY OF BANGLADESH [Ibrahim Med. Coll. J. 2008; 2(1): 35] To the Editor Maternal education is significantly related to early childhood morbidity and mortality. In Bangladesh, most mothers do not have a correct knowledge on exclusive breastfeeding and the appropriate time for introduction of weaning foods; and only 3% of them know how to prepare proper weaning foods1. Another study conducted in the rural population reported that according to Gomez classification, 96% of children had varying degrees of protein energy malnutrition (PEM) (28.4% mild, 58.2% moderate and 9.2% severe)2. Timely weaning, education and promotion of essential vaccination may reduce childhood malnutrition, especially severe PEM. It has also been reported that the prevalence of breastfeeding in Bangladesh is one of the highest in the world where diarrheal diseases are hyper-endemic and issues of breastfeeding in several diarrheal diseases have been well documented3. We undertook this study to determine knowledge, attitude and feeding behavior of the mothers in a rural community. This cross sectional study was conducted in Sreepur Thana. Four villages were purposively selected. All women having children below 5 years were interviewed face to face. Structured questionnaire was used. Each participant was informed about the objectives of the interviewing. After taking her consent the interview session was started. The interviewing included socio-demographic information like housing, sanitation, education, water-supply and family-income. As regards feeding practices, each mother was interviewed for information related to nutrition during pregnancy and lactation. The questionnaire also included information about breast feeding like colostrum, exclusive breastfeeding, weaning and feeding during diarrhea and fever. The collected information were entered into computer

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