Risk Factors Associated with Growth Faltering of Children 6-24 months old who Attend Ard El-Insan Association Clinic in Gaza City

Wadi, Ala’a Jawad (2014) Risk Factors Associated with Growth Faltering of Children 6-24 months old who Attend Ard El-Insan Association Clinic in Gaza City. Masters thesis, Al Azhar University Gaza.

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Background: Malnutrition is common among children aged 6-24 months in developing countries. It increases the risk of mortality. Faltering growth formerly known as failure to thrive (FTT), occurs in children from all socio-economic groups and cultures. Growth failure is the principal manifestation of malnutrition in children. Goal: To improve the nutritional status of children’s 6-24 months old affected with Growth Faltering, in the Gaza Strip. Objectives: To identify risk factors associated with Growth Faltering, amongst children’s attended Ard El Insan, to analyze socio-demographic risk factors associated with Growth Faltering and to analyze blood samples of children’s affected with Growth Faltering in order to test the relevant biological indicators. Methodology: The current cross sectional study was conducted to improve the nutritional status of 114 children’s 6-24 months old affected with Growth Faltering, attending Ard El Insan in Gaza city. Data collection conform ABCD methods. CBC, total protein, urea and creatinine are analyzed for all 114 patients. The interview document contains necessary details like: patient's initials, age, gender, level of education, type of accommodation. It also contained nutritional habits, preferences and healthy information. Results: Growth faltering has multifactorial etiology including poor nutrition and illness among other factors. More than three quarters of the sample 86 (75.4%) consider their families income is insufficient to cover all expenses. Consistently, 87 (76.3%) of the sample meet a financial difficulties in purchasing child’s food needs. The low creatinine level proves chronic malnutrition between sample selections. High percentage of mother education (72.8%), level explains that the chronic malnutrition is more associated with poverty than being associated with education or even knowledge. All biological indicators, except for protein and urea, were not significant with growth faltering amity which explains a non-pathological reasons rather than being related to poor quality and quantity of nutrition. Conclusion: Non organic growth faltering causes is more present in the Palestinian children’s than organic causes, Malnutrition is a dynamic and complex process, without clearly agreed cutoffs and Poverty was standing factor for growth faltering among Palestinian children’s. Recommendation: To provide clear, definite information on all areas related to food safety & food security. Expert clinical nutritionist assistance required for more objective assessment of intake, and for appropriate further management. To create a framework for education programs by the Nutrition department in Ministry of Health. Key words: Faltering growth, Ard El Insan, Malnutrition, Diet, Poverty

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Depositing User: أ. طارق زياد عبد حنونة
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2020 09:04
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2020 09:04
URI: http://scholar.alaqsa.edu.ps/id/eprint/2113

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