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Risk factors for severe acute malnutrition in Central India
Goyal S,1 Agarwal N

Assistant Professor1,2,

1Department of Pediatrics, Chirayu Medical College, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India,2Department of Pediatrics, Gajara Raja Medical College, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India
AIMTo identify risk factors for severe malnutrition in children <5 years age. mation is available on determinants of SAM.Background

Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) is a major cause of childhood morbidity and mortality in our country. However, little information is available on determinants of SAM.

Material Methods

This was a prospective study done over a period of one year at a tertiary care hospital. Children under five years of age with SAM were enrolled, and the risk factors leading to malnutrition were identified.


The risk factors contributing to malnutrition were poor socioeconomic status, parental illiteracy, overcrowding, lack of immunization, lack of awareness among caregivers regarding appropriate child feeding practices.


To decrease the prevalence of malnutrition, it is essential to provide education to caregivers about appropriate feeding practices. g appropriate child feeding practices.

India, risk factors, severe acute malnutrition.

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