This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution Licensewhich permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Abstract Proper breastfeeding practices are effective ways for reducing childhood morbidity and mortality. While many mothers understand the importance of breastfeeding, others are less knowledgeable on the benefits of breastfeeding and weaning.
Received Feb 12; Accepted Aug This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Abstract Background Inadequate nutrition during the first two years of life may lead to childhood morbidity and mortality, as well as inadequate brain development. Infants are at increased risk of malnutrition by six months, when breast milk alone is no longer sufficient to meet their nutritional requirements.
Therefore this study aimed to identify the factors associated with nutritional status of infants and young children 6—23 months in Filtu town, Somali Region, Ethiopia. Methods A cross-sectional community-based study was conducted. Simple random sampling was employed to select infants for the study.
Univariable and multivariable logistic regressions models were used in the statistical analysis. Results The prevalence of wasting, stunting and underweight among infants and young children were Conclusion Under nutrition is a public health problem among infants and young children in Filtu town, Somali region Ethiopia.
Breastfeeding was associated with lower odds of wasting and underweight while diarrheal disease was associated with higher odds of wasting and underweight.
Low dietary diversity scores, inappropriate age of complementary feeding initiation and bottle feeding were identified to be significant predictors of stunting.
Those factors should be considered for any intervention aimed to reduce under nutrition among infants and young children in Filitu town, Somali region, Ethiopia.
This recommendation also applies to Africa. Infants and young children need special attention in order to attain their nutritional requirements as the period of complementary feeding is particularly vulnerable to nutritional deficiencies due to rapid growth [ 3 ].
Malnutrition increases diarrhea incidence and duration [ 56 ].
Inadequate nutrition during the first two years of life may lead to childhood morbidity and mortality, as well as inadequate brain development [ 9 ]. Infants are at increased risk of malnutrition starting from six months, when breast milk alone is no longer sufficient to meet all the nutritional requirements of infants.
Children living in most developing countries are introduced directly to the regular household diet made of cereal or starchy root crops which is a major cause for the high incidence of child malnutrition, morbidity and mortality [ 10 — 12 ].
Wasting prevalence in the region is the highest among the regions of the country [ 13 ]. Infant and young child feeding practices in the region were reported to be poor as compared to the other regions of Ethiopia.
Median duration of breast feeding However there is a paucity of evidence regarding the factors associated with nutritional status of infants and young children in pastoralist areas in Ethiopia.
Therefore the objective of this study was to identify factors associated with nutritional status among infants and young children in Filtu town, Somali region of Ethiopia.
Methods Study setting and design This community-based cross-sectional study was conducted in Filtu town, which is the capital town of Liben Zone of the Somali Region. The total population in Filtu woreda was, of which reside in filtu town [ 14 ].breastfeeding advocates, for mothers to breastfeed their children at least until 6 months of age.
Infant feeding practices refer generally to meet the nutritional and immunological needs of the baby. A study of infant feeding practices was carried out on a sample of mother and infant pairs. This research is generally about breastfeeding: its benefits and significance to infant nutrition and factors that makes impact on breastfeeding; the practices in the Philippines that affect breastfeeding; and analyses by organizations concerned in breastfeeding.
Socio-cultural factors affecting breast feeding and other infant feeding practices in an urban community. Ghosh S, Gidwani S, Mittal SK, Verma RK.
PIP: A study of infant feeding practices was carried out as part of a larger longitudinal study of an urban birth cohort in an area of South Delhi, India. mothers of children over 1 year of age.
Factors associated with nutritional status of infants and young children in Somali Region, Ethiopia: a cross- sectional study and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have advocated for increased commitment to appropriate feeding practices for all infants and young children in order to In the present study the associated factors of.
A study of infant feeding practices was carried out on a sample of mother and infant pairs.
The results revealed that only 20% of mothers in the study currently exclusively breastfeed their babies. By describing breastfeeding practice and the factors that could affect it, the researcher provides data for future studies about breastfeeding in Bemidji, MN.
Publishing the findings of this study helps state and national health institutions to promote the.