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Knowledge on complementary feeding among parents of children aged 4-12 months attending a base hospital in a rural district in Sri Lanka

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S N V Seram ,

Base Hospital Bibile, LK
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Acting Consultant Paediatrician, Base Hospital Bibile
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P M G Punchihewa

Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children,Colombo, LK
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Consultant Paediatrician, Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children,Colombo
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Abstract

Introduction: In developing countries, inadequate knowledge on complementary feeding (CF) is one of the main reasons for malnutrition 

Objective: To assess the knowledge on CF among parents of children aged 4 to 12 months attending a base hospital in a rural district in Sri Lanka.

Method: A descriptive cross sectional study was conducted in the paediatric ward and clinic of Base Hospital Bibile from April to June, 2016. A total of 383 parents of babies aged 4-12 months were selected by consecutive sampling. Their knowledge regarding CF was assessed by using a structured, pre-tested, interviewer-administered questionnaire. Questions were classified as ‘must know’, ‘better to know’ and ‘good to know’.

Results: The response rate was 100%. Mean total knowledge score was 33.79 ± 4.3 (total 49) and the distribution was positively skewed. Mean knowledge scores were 7.08 ± 1.95 (total 11), 9.67 ± 1.88 (total 15), 17.03 ± 2.08 (total 23) in ‘must know’, ‘better to know’ and ‘good to know’ sections respectively. A significant correlation was only observed between age of the child and the total knowledge score (p<0.05). Only ethnicity (p<0.005) and religion (p<0.05) were significantly associated with total knowledge scores. Multiple logistic regression revealed only family income as a predictor for satisfactory knowledge among parents.

Conclusions: Parents of children aged 4 to 12 months attending Base Hospital, Bibile had satisfactory knowledge on CF. 

(Keywords: Complementary feeding, knowledge, health education, infants)

Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 2017; 46(2): 139-147

How to Cite: Seram, S.N.V. & Punchihewa, P.M.G., (2017). Knowledge on complementary feeding among parents of children aged 4-12 months attending a base hospital in a rural district in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health. 46(2), pp.139–147. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljch.v46i2.8270
Published on 05 Jun 2017.
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