Study of undernutrition and its risk factors using mid upper arm circumference (MUAC) in children aged 6 months to 59 months admitted in paediatric ward

Journal Title: Medpulse International Journal of Pediatrics - Year 2019, Vol 9, Issue 3

Abstract

Aim: Study the undernutrition using MUAC in children aged 6 months to 59 months admitted in Paediatric Ward. Objectives: 1. To classify undernutrition using WHO guidelines of MUAC. 2. To find out the possible risk factors for undernutrition. Results: In this hospital based study, out of 761 admissions, 75 children (9.8%) had undernutrition as per WHO criteria using MUAC. So the frequency of undernutrition in our study was found to be 9.8%, of which 25 (33.3%) were at risk for undernutrition, 33 (44%) were moderate and 17 (22.6%) were severe undernutrition .Nutritional deficiency was found to be 40% in affected children as a high risk factor followed by systemic illnesses 27 (36%), recurrent infections 13(17.3%) and Low Birth Weight babies 5 (6.7%). Conclusion: In this hospital based study, the frequency of undernutrition was found to be 9.8% of which severe undernutrition was seen in 22.6%. So MUAC is the simple and useful clinical tool to assess undernutrition in a hospital based study.

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Nishita Tralshawala, Mrunalini Kulkarni, Suhas Kumbhar

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  • EP ID EP539251
  • DOI 10.26611/1014935
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Nishita Tralshawala, Mrunalini Kulkarni, Suhas Kumbhar (2019). Study of undernutrition and its risk factors using mid upper arm circumference (MUAC) in children aged 6 months to 59 months admitted in paediatric ward. Medpulse International Journal of Pediatrics, 9(3), 106-110. https://europub.co.uk/articles/-A-539251