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IP Journal of Paediatrics and Nursing Science

An exploratory study to assess the prevalence and degree of malnutrition among under five children

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Author Details: Arun Kumar Jindal*,Tajinder Kaur,Ravinder Kaur

Volume : 2

Issue : 1

Online ISSN : 2582-4031

Print ISSN : 2582-4023

Article First Page : 1

Article End Page : 4


An exploratory study was conducted to assess the prevalence and degree of malnutrition among under five children in slum area. Lack of basic amenities like safe drinking water, proper housing, drainage and excreta disposal make this population more vulnerable to infections which further compromises the nutrition of those who are living in the slums. Under five children of slum area was selected through convenient sampling technique. Measurement of weight by using the weighing scale was done. The value of weight were compared with growth chart (Indian academy of pediatrics) to find out degree of malnutrition. Analysis was done by using percentage, mean, standard deviation and‘t’ test. Result reveals that total 47% children found to be malnourished in which 22% children suffered with 1st degree malnutrition, 18% children with 2nd degree malnutrition, 5% children with 3rd degree malnutrition and 2% with 4th degree malnutrition.

Keywords: Slums, Malnutrition, Degree, Under Five Children.