The Association Between Feeding Behaviour And Infants ' Nutritional Status

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DISCUSSION This study was designed to determine the association between feeding behaviour and infants’ nutritional status. Although HAZ, WHZ and WAZ are all indicators of nutritional status and were assessed in this study, more emphasis will be given to WAZ as it is the generally used indicator in the municipal. It also incorporates elements of WHZ and HAZ. A high prevalence of underweight (15%) was seen in this study. This is almost thrice the prevalence in the municipal (6%) (Ho Municipal Health Service, 2016) and also higher than the national prevalence (11%). The variance here could be due to the differences in selection of participants. The municipal uses monthly sentinel data which is a random selection of 10 sentinel sites and collates the results over the year. This study however employed convenience sampling hence it is possible that only mothers who were concerned about the poor nutritional state of their children attended the clinic. Another possible explanation is that there is overestimation of infants weight from the monthly sentinel data. The mean WAZ was -0.88±1.357 which indicates that the population is more at risk of malnutrition than a normal population with an expected mean WAZ of 0.0. This study discovered that caregivers do not exhibit a distinct behaviour during feeding but adopt several styles as and when the occasion demands. It is because there is almost an overlap of prevalence of feeding encouragement (45.1%) , offering another food (43.8%) and

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