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MONITORING GROWTH IN CHILDREN AGED UP TO 5 YEARS IN ISLAMSHAHR , REY AND QOM

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Author(s): Holakoui Naieni K | Sadeghipour Rodsary H.R | Pishva H | Panahandeh Z |   ssasi P

Journal: Journal of School of Public Health and Institute of Public Health Research
ISSN 1735-7586

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 17;
Date: 2003;
Original page

Keywords: Height for age | Weight for Height

ABSTRACT
This is a descriptive and analytic study of growth and nutrition indices in 1624 children under 5 years of age who received services from PHC centers (known as Health Houses) in Islamshahr, Qom and Rey catchment areas."nWe used data from family health files to construct standardized Z-scores for the following indices: weight for age, height for age, and weight for height; Analysis of data showed that : some 5.4 percent of children were underweight (1.6% , 4.4% , 6.6% in Islamshahr, Rey and Qome respectively)."nOverall, 24.4 percent were suffering from low height for age (stunting) (11.5% , 19.1% , 28.6% in Islamshahr, Rey and Qom respectively) and 4.45 percent of children had low weight for height (wasting) 6.3% , 2.2% , 5% in Islamshahr, Rey and Qom).There was a statistically significant relationship between low weight and :"na) higher birth order (p= 0.009)."nb) the presence of frequent plateaus (0.003) and downslopes (p=0.01) on the child's growth"nchart (p=0.01). In Qom, there was also a significantly greater risk of low weight for children with longer nursing periods (p= 0.0005) and those who spent more time on exclusive breastfeeding (p= 0.005).
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