Infant and young child feeding practice, dietary diversity, associated predictors, and child health outcomes in Bangladesh

Sheikh, Nurnabi, Akram, Raisul, Ali, Nausad, Haque, S. M. Raysul, Tisha, Shabareen, Mahumud, Rashidul Alam, Sarker, Abdur Razzaque and Sultana, Marufa 2020, Infant and young child feeding practice, dietary diversity, associated predictors, and child health outcomes in Bangladesh, Journal of Child Health Care, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 260-273, doi: 10.1177/1367493519852486.

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Title Infant and young child feeding practice, dietary diversity, associated predictors, and child health outcomes in Bangladesh
Author(s) Sheikh, Nurnabi
Akram, Raisul
Ali, Nausad
Haque, S. M. Raysul
Tisha, Shabareen
Mahumud, Rashidul Alam
Sarker, Abdur Razzaque
Sultana, Marufa
Journal name Journal of Child Health Care
Volume number 24
Issue number 2
Start page 260
End page 273
Total pages 14
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2020-06-01
ISSN 1367-4935
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Summary The aim of this study was to explore the association of Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices with health and nutritional status among children aged 0–23 months and to investigate the predictors of minimum acceptable diets (MADs) using Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS) data. Binary logistic regression models were performed to assess the association between IYCF and child health and to determine the influential predictors for MAD. About 55% mothers reported exclusive breastfeeding; 65% introduced solid, semisolid, or soft foods for their child; and 27% maintained minimum dietary diversity (MDD). About 64% children received recommended minimum meal frequency (MMF) and 23% received recommended MAD. The likelihood of having wasting was .22 times lower for the child who received MDD and MMF, respectively. MDD and MAD were associated with lower probability of experiencing underweight among children (Adjusted odds ratio [AOR] = .73 and AOR= .81, respectively). Early initiation and continuation of breastfeeding were significantly associated with reduction in diarrhea prevalence among young children. The findings of the study generated imperative evidence related to dietary diversity, associated factors, and child health outcomes. Policy should focus on the improvement of IYCF practices and complimentary food diversity by taking initiatives for designing and implementing effective interventions to tackle childhood morbidity.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1367493519852486
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1110 Nursing
1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine
1117 Public Health and Health Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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