Complementary Feeding Case Study

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The objective of this study was to compare the magnitude of complementary feeding practices and stunting among under-five in the North and southern Regions/Zones of Nigeria. Complementary feeding is the major determinant of child nutrition after the six months WHO recommended exclusive breast feeding. Appropriate Complementary Feeding can be seen as an input that can produce the desired product(s) of good nutritional status or stunting as the ultimate outcome among under-fives. Mother’s education has been noted to be crucial in child nutrition especially as it relates to feeding practices. The proportion of Under-five stunting according to mother’s education shows the highest prevalence in both moderate
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The need for an urgent EBF programs and health education and promotion must be pursued vigorously; otherwise, the future of EBF would be bleak with its attendant consequences.
Immunization and healthcare services for under -five diseases must be given adequate attention and be fully integrated into the primary healthcare and ensuring training and retraining of appropriate health workers and nutritionist, dietetics among others to man the facilities. Integrated community based nutrition programs must be geared towards addressing under-fives needs with local or available food materials that are culturally acceptable.
Social Services and infrastructure provision in the rural and other geographically disadvantaged regions must also be given priority and not to be politically motivated or denied as a means of
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Reassessment of the present policies and programs on child and maternal nutrition to be reviewed and re-strategize in conformity with globalization especially taking into consideration food vendors and infant’s food manufactures and local food markets.
Girl child education as future mothers must be a top priority and the inclusion of nutrition education in to the national education curriculum in the country.
Training and retraining of health workers and stake holders in the nutrition industry to support and provide nutrition information at hospitals, clinics, work places and places of worship for men women and the adolescents because, childcare and feeding is everybody’s

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