Effects of Child Feeding Practices on Nutritional Status of Children 6-59 Months of Age: The Case of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region, Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


Background: Malnutrition remains one of the most common causes of morbidity and mortality among children throughout the world. It is one of the most serious public health problems in Ethiopia. There are also different problems in different regions of the country related to feeding practices. The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of child feeding practices on nutritional status of Children 6-59 months of age in the case of SNNPR, Ethiopia. Method: This study was carried out using quantitative data to analyses.The child data from Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey-2016 was taken for analysis. The study considers last birth children 6-59 months of age in SNNPR region. A binary logistic regression was fitted to analyze the effects of child feeding practices on nutritional status of children 6-59 months of age using SPSS Version 20. Results: This study show that Improved source of drinking water((AOR: 0.531; 95% CI: (0.531 - 0.772)). richer wealth status ((AOR: 0.479; 95% CI: (0.262 - 0.876)) and richest wealth status ((AOR: 0.367; 95% CI: (0.167 - 0.809)), Antenatal Care four or more visiting (AOR:0.629; 95% CI: (0.409 – 0.972), two under five children ((AOR:1.533; 95% CI:(1.034 - 2.273)) and three or more under-five children ((AOR:3.275; 95% CI:(1.398 - 7.672)), 18-23 age in month ((AOR:6.431; 95% CI: (2.440-16.952)) and 36-47 age in month ((AOR: 13.518; 95% CI: (3.494 - 52.307)) and very small or smaller than average sized children ((AOR: 1.615 ; 95% CI: (1.037 - 2.516)) have shown statistically significant effect on stunting of last born children 6-59 months. Conclusion: Strategies to improve nutritional status of children, improving the nutritional status of the mother and her income status. With respect to health extension workers generally giving participatory nutrition education to create awareness and to develop behavior change communication for better feeding and caring practices among the community.To promote family planning programs in order to control number of children and also to increase birth interval is another important component



Child Feeding Practice, Breast Feeding, Under Five Children, Stunting, Ethiopia