Socio-Demographic Factors Affecting the Growth Status of Under-Five Children in Urban Slums of Davangere City: A Cross Sectional Study

Journal Title: National Journal of Community Medicine - Year 2017, Vol 8, Issue 8


Introduction: 1-5 years old children are most vulnerable and high risk group. According to national family health survey 3 (NFHS-3) 48% of under-five children are chronically malnourished. Nutrition of pre-school children is of paramount importance because it is the founda-tion for life time health. Objective: To study the associated socio-demographic factors affecting the growth status. Methods: A Cross- sectional Com-munity based descriptive study was conducted involving 530 under-five children in urban slums of Da-vangere City. Data was collected us-ing a pre-designed & pre-tested questionnaire & anthropometric measurements. Results: The prevalence of under-weight (49.3%), stunting (76.8%) and wasting (27.5%) was highest in 12-24 month. The prevalence of un-derweight is 34.5% in males and 23% in females. Stunting and wast-ing was seen in 50.3% and 21.4% male children. Conclusions: Socio-demographic factors like age, sex, parent’s literacy status had an impact on better growth status of children. Lower so-cio-economic condition, higher birth order, lower birth interval were found to have adverse effect on growth status of children.

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Divya H M, Kanchana Nagendra


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Divya H M, Kanchana Nagendra (2017). Socio-Demographic Factors Affecting the Growth Status of Under-Five Children in Urban Slums of Davangere City: A Cross Sectional Study. National Journal of Community Medicine, 8(8), 501-505.