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A hospital based study on the usage pattern of Child Health Development Record as an information source on infant and young child feeding

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M N Danansuriya ,

Family Health Bureau, Ministry of Health, Colombo, LK
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Consultant Community Physician, Family Health Bureau, Ministry of Health, Colombo
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K Guruge,

Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians, LK
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Consultant Paediatrician, Colombo,
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R R K Wijewardena

Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Kalubowila, LK
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Senior Registrar in Paediatrics, Colombo South Teaching Hospital
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Abstract

Objective: To assess the usage pattern of child health development record (CHDR) as an information source by the mothers of children aged 6-24 months admitted to a ward in Lady Ridgeway Hospital (LRH) and to assess their level of knowledge and practices on infant and young child feeding (IYCF).

Method: A cross-sectional study was conducted in a paediatric ward in LRH from 1st February to 31st August 2009 on mothers with children aged 6-24 months. Feeding patterns, maternal knowledge on messages given in CHDR and selected socio-demographic factors were examined using a pre-tested interviewer-administered questionnaire. Association of feeding practices and socio-demographic characteristics were analyzed using non parametric tests. Ethical approval was granted by the ethical review committee of LRH.

Results: Of the 300 mothers administered questionnaires 5 were excluded due to incomplete data. Of the 295 mothers included in study, 36% had passed GCE ordinary level. Of the children, 72% started complementary feeding after 6 months. Nearly 50% of children had satisfactory diet in terms of quality, quantity and frequency. Maternal IYCF knowledge was significantly associated with maternal educational level and reading of CHDR feeding instructions.

Conclusion: Mothers have an acceptable level of knowledge on IYCF and satisfactory level of usage of CHDR as an information source. Reading CHDR has a significant impact on higher maternal IYCF knowledge and better IYCF practices.

Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 2013; 42(3): 133-138

(Key words: Infant & young child feeding; Child Health Developmental Record; maternal knowledge)

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljch.v42i3.6016

How to Cite: Danansuriya, M.N., Guruge, K. and Wijewardena, R.R.K., 2013. A hospital based study on the usage pattern of Child Health Development Record as an information source on infant and young child feeding. Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 42(3), pp.133–138. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljch.v42i3.6016
Published on 06 Sep 2013.
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