Mother, Infant and Young Child Nutrition & Malnutrition Mother, Infant and Young Child Nutrition & Malnutrition - Feeding practices including micronutrient deficiencies prevention, control of wasting, stunting and underweight
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About Essential Nutrition Actions at Critical Stages in the Life Cycle of Women and Children

Practices and Behaviours Self Assessment Tools for Young Children between 6-59 Months

Recommended ENAs for young children between 6-59 months Rating* Discuss and identify key gaps key gaps in the performance of recommended behaviours
 

Complementary feeding for children between 6-24 months:

All mothers:

  • Continue breastfeeding until two years (if not HIV+).
  • Provide child with frequent small feeds throughout the day because young children have small stomachs.
  • Increase frequency as the child gets older (2-3 times per day at 6-8 months and 3-4 times a day after 9 months with additional snacks offered between meals).
  • Increase the amount of food as the child gets older.
  • Use a separate bowl for each child.
  • Improve the energy content of the foods and offer a variety.
  • Increase the density of food as the child gets older (from soft porridge and mashed food at 6-8 months to finely chopped or mashed family food after 9 months). [ view consistency of porridge ]
  • Increase the variety of food as the child gets older (cereal/starchy roots plus animal foods/legumes/nuts plus fruit and strong colored vegetables).
  • Interact with the child during feeding (active feeding)
  • Prepare and store the food safely.
Total 1: ….  

Early detection and referral of children with malnutrition:

  • All mothers/caregivers bring their child for monthly weighing up to the age of 24 months.
  • All mothers bring their child to the clinic immediately if they see that the child is not gaining weight or is losing weight.
Total 2: ….  

Child Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies (VMD) control:

1. Child Iron Deficiency Anaemia (IDA) control:

All mothers/caregivers:

  • Bring their children between 1-5 years for bi-annual de-worming
  • Ensure that all family members sleep under an ITN
  • Apply correct hygiene practices:

    1) Wash hands with soap or ash after the toilet, before eating, before preparing food and feeding their child;
    2) Keep nails shorts;
    3) Wear slippers or shoes and
    4) Wash/peel fruits before eating.
  • Help the child to apply correct hygiene practices:
    1) Wash hands after using the toilet and before eating;
    2) Keep nails short;
    3) Wear slippers or shoes and
    4) Wash fruits before eating.
Total 3: ….  
2. Vitamin A supplementation:
  • All mothers/caregivers bring the child to receive one 100,000 IU dose of Vitamin A starting from 6 months to 1 year and one 200,000 IU dose of Vitamin A from1 to 5 years.
Total 4: ….  

Overall Score (Total  1 + 2 + 3 + 4):

.....

Rating: 0 = insufficient; 1 = fair; 2 = good; 3 = very good; 4 = excellent



6 March, 2016
 


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