Assessment of Sick Child Feeding Practice and Associated Factors Among Mothers of Children Less Than Two Years of Age, In Burayu Town, Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


Background:Out of the contributing factors of child under nutrition as informed by UNICEF conceptual framework; inadequate intake, caring practices and disease are represented under immediate and underlining causes of under nutrition respectively(1). This indicates infant and young child feeding as a key area to improve child survival and promote healthy growth and development. The first 2 years of a child’s life are particularly important, as optimal nutrition during this period lowers morbidity and mortality, reduces the risk of chronic disease, and fosters better development overall. Objective: To assess sick baby feeding practice and associated factors among mothers of children aged less than24 months of age attending MCH clinic in Burayu town. Methods:Facility based quantitative cross sectional study was conducted to assess, sick children under 2 years of age, at the health facility.The study has been conducted from April, 2015-May, 2015.Descriptive statistics such as frequencies, proportions were calculated and Odds ratio with 95 % confidence interval has also been calculated to assess the strength of associations. Result A total of 362 mothers of children aged <24 months of age were voluntarily included in the study. All respondents were biological mothers of the child. Majority 315(87%) of interviewed mothers were 15-30 years with mean age of 25.41(+3.56) and 220(60.8%) of them have not attended any formal education The proportion (53.6%) of children who have fed more frequently during their time of illness compared to when they are healthy were used to measure sick child feeding according to the recommendation. In this study more



Child Feeding Practice, Sick