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ISRN Pediatrics
Volume 2014, Article ID 808756, 5 pages
Research Article

Predicators for Weight Gain in Children Treated for Severe Acute Malnutrition: A Prospective Study at Nutritional Rehabilitation Center

1Department of Pediatrics, Sri Aurobindo Medical College and PG Institute, Indore, Madhya Pradesh 453555, India
2Central Research Laboratory, Sri Aurobindo Medical College and PG Institute, Indore, Madhya Pradesh 453555, India

Received 12 November 2013; Accepted 13 February 2014; Published 12 March 2014

Academic Editors: M. Adhikari and G. J. Casimir

Copyright © 2014 Jyoti Sanghvi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. Despite being an important health problem in developing countries, there is little information available on factors affecting the severe acute malnutrition, especially nondietary factors. Objective. To study the impact of various factors, especially nondietary ones affecting directly or indirectly the weight gain in children with severe acute malnutrition. Method. A total of 300 children in the age group of 6 to 60 months meeting the WHO criteria for severe acute malnutrition were enrolled in the study. These children were provided special therapeutic diet as recommended by WHO/UNICEF protocol. Children were called for followup every 15 days up to 2 months after discharge to evaluate whether these children have achieved a final target weight gain of 15% of their admission weight. The impact of nondietary factors related to child, mother, and socioeconomic status was evaluated. Data collected through structured questionnaire were analyzed. Result. 172 (57.4%) of the total 300 children did not gain final target weight despite giving adequate diet. We observed that impact of various nondietary factors like mother’s educational status and her knowledge about feeding practices, socioeconomic status, previous history, and present evidence of infection in child was important in determining the weight of child. No association was found with gender of child, BMI of mother, and father’s educational status on the weight gain of child. Conclusion. The findings of this study confirm the association of many nondietary factors with weight gain in children treated for severe acute malnutrition. To reduce malnutrition emphasis should be given on these factors.