Child Nutrition Research Paper

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Knowledge of complementary feed and its effect on the child nutrition Abstract:


Baby food is any soft, easily consumed food, other than breastmilk or infant formula, that is made specifically for babies, roughly between the ages of four to six months and two years. The food comes in multiple varieties and tastes; it may be table food that the rest of the family is eating that has been mashed or otherwise broken down, or it can be purchased ready-made from producers.
As a global public health recommendation, the World Health Organization recommends that infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health. Most six-month-old infants are physiologically
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A small group of older infants in the American study needed more iron and zinc, such as from iron-fortified baby foods.[6] A substantial proportion of toddlers and preschoolers exceeded the upper recommended level of synthetic folate, preformed vitamin A, zinc, and sodium (salt).[6 ]
The World Health Organization recommends starting in small amounts that gradually increase as the child gets older: 2 to 3 meals per day for infants 6 to 8 months of age and 3 to 4 meals per day for infants 9 to 23 months of age, with 1 or 2 additional snacks as required.
Through the first year, breastmilk or infant formula is the main source of calories and
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Because breastmilk takes on the flavor of foods eaten by the mother,[8] these foods are especially good choices.[9 ]
Nestlé's Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS) of 2008 indicates that few American babies are fed baby food before the age of four months.
Mother’s knowledge regarding complementary feeding time is inadequate and practices are inappropriate. Majority of them are not aware of the current recommendations and proper way of doing it. Correct information and guidelines about complementary feeding is not reaching the target population. Because of False beliefs, customs and attitude of the mother tend to wean the child late where the babies are landing up in severe problem.
Hence due to different points of concerns this study has planned to know the mean age and influencing various factors with complementary feeding.
Material & Methods:
This study was a prospective interventional study conducted in the Department of Pediatrics at North Indian Hospital. The study was approved by the hospital ethics committee. A total of 50 mothers of those children visited the OPD department of hospital for the immunization was included in the study. Mothers who failed to give consent for any reason were excluded from the
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