Prevalence of malnutrition, acute respiratory infections and diarrhoea in children aged 1-5 years in urban slums of Puducherry, South India

Upadhyay, Ravi Prakash and Chinnakali, Palanivel and Bhilwar, Meenakshi and *, Balaji Krishnan and Kulkarni, Vaman and Gupta, Arti and *, Rizwan S. A. (2015) Prevalence of malnutrition, acute respiratory infections and diarrhoea in children aged 1-5 years in urban slums of Puducherry, South India. International Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics, 2 (1). pp. 37-41. ISSN 2349-3283

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Abstract

Background: Aim of current study was to document the prevalence of malnutrition, burden of acute respiratory and diarrhoeal diseases in children aged 1-5 years in urban slums of South India. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in Villianur municipal area of Puducherry district, South India. A semi-structured pretested interview schedule was used to collect information on demographic details of the family, episodes of ARI and diarrhoea and health seeking behaviour. Anthropometric measurements were also done. Results: A total of 242 children were studied. The prevalence of stunting and wasting was 25.2% and 12.2 % respectively. Nearly 60% reportedly had at least one episode of ARI (144/242) and one-fourth had at least one episode of diarrhoea (60/242; 24.8%) in the last three months prior to the interview. There were no sex based differences in the treatment seeking practices. Conclusions: Considerable burden of malnutrition, ARI and diarrhoea exists in children of this urban slum. Health seeking behaviour was appropriate.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Under-five, Urban slum, Malnutrition, Acute respiratory infection, Diarrhoea, South India
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Community Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2015 06:41
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2015 06:41
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/141972

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