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The Essential Nutrition Actions (ENAs) Approach

Healthy complementary Feeding for Children 6-35 months

  1. Complementary feeding for children after completion of 6 months of age up to one year

All mothers are counselled by a trained service provider on how to:

  • Start complementary feeding after completion of 6 months of age and why.
  • Continue breastfeeding.
  • Provide children with frequent small feeds throughout the day
  • Increase the amount and density of food as the child gets older and use a separate bowl for each child.
  • Ensure the child has a variety of food including energy-dense foods and fortified foods.
  • Interact with the child during feeding (active feeding)
  • Safely prepare and store the child's food.

For more information, check FADUA criteria

  1. Complementary feeding for children from one to three years

All mothers are counselled by a trained service provider to:

  • Continue breastfeeding up to two years (if not HIV positive).
  • Maintain the healthy feeding habits started after completion of 6 months of age (FADUA: frequency, amount, density, use of food and active feeding).
  • Make the best use of available family food.
  • Prevent bad feeding habits (sweetened foods and fizzy drinks).
  • Introduce the child to good hygiene practices before and while eating.

Complementary feeding guidelines - India
A very comprehensive overview of appropriate complementary feeds

  1. Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS ( (PMTCT)  
  1. Control of Child Iron Deficiency Anaemia
     
  2. Control of Child Vitamin A Deficiency
     
  3. Monthly Growth Monitoring and Promotion
  • All children are monthly weighed and their growth is plotted on the Growth Monitoring Chart.
     
  • Their mothers are adequately informed and counselled using the counselling Cards.
     
  • Children who do not gain weight for more than two months or are losing weight or fall below the bottom line are promptly referred / treated.
     
  • The Table of Minimum Expected Weight Gain gives the expected weights after one month and after two months. It can be used to check on a child's growth.
     
  • Plotting on the Child Health Card can not be continued from the previous session if the child has missed one missed one monthly weighing session.


6 March, 2016
 


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