Effect of Nutritional Education of Mothers on the Nutritional Status of their Infants

Asma Ashraf Khan1,2*, Sheikh Yaqoob2,3, Naheed Vaida2

1Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Kashmir, 190006
2Institute of Home Science, University of Kashmir, 190006
3Department of Agriculture, Kashmir, 190006
*Corresponding Author Email Address: [email protected]

Background: A child’s overall development including health and nutritional status is wholly dependent on her mother’s health and nutritional status from in vitro to birth and later her other characteristics such as literacy status, awareness and economic status. A well-nourished healthy child is the outcome of combination of all the above-mentioned factors as either literacy or numeracy or high economic status in isolation will not facilitate a child’s development. Objective: Improving women’s nutritional status and empowering them with education, knowledge and economic position is very essential. Subjects and Methods: One hundred women in their third trimester of pregnancy were selected and divide into two groups.  For one group was educated about nutrition and other group was served as a control group. Results : Analysis of the statements of the respondents prove that the knowledge of the mothers on the functions of foods, source of energy, protein, β-carotene, ascorbic acid and fiber improved greatly after educating them on the nutritional values of various food items

Conclusion: From these results it could be concluded that the pre and postnatal education to the mothers created much awareness on the feeding practices of the infants and resulted in better growth pattern of infants in the experimental group than the control group.
Keywords: Infants, Nutritional Education, Mothers, Nutritional Status.
Citation: Asma Ashraf Khan, Sheikh Yaqoob, Naheed Vaida. Effect of Nutritional Education of Mothers on the Nutritional Status of their Infants. Canadian Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2020; 8 (2): 53-61.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.14206/canad.j.clin.nutr.2020.02.05