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Title: Sociodemographic and Feeding Practices Risk Factors for Diarrhea
Authors: Badreldin M. Abdelrhman
Abdalla A. Saeed
Ebtisam M. Fetohy
Keywords: , , children,, Riyadh.
primary care
Diarrhea
Sociodemographic
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Alexandria Journal of Pediatrics,
Abstract: The study was carried out to examine and analyze the sociodemographic and feeding practices predisposing and possible risk factors for diarrhea In children under the age oHive years in Riyadh City. A case control study design was used. The study was carried out from July 2005 to June 2006. The study setting is the Primary Health Care Centers (PHCCs) in Riyadh city. Mothers of children were interviewed for diarrheal episodes in their children who are under the age of five during the preceding two weeks and their feeding habits. The mothers were Saudi nationals registered in the selected PHCCs. Mothers were selected by systemic sampling and the PHCCs were selected by stratified random sampling. The stu~y was conducted on two groups of mothers, 118 mothers whose children contracted diarrhea during the preceding two weeks and 470 mothers who did not report diarrheal episodes in the preceding 2 weeks. Diarrhea was more common in children under the age of two whose mothers were young, married at younger age, had a low level of education level and/or are housewives. Diarrhea was more common in those breast fed for shorter periods, weaned suddenly and those with late. weaning. The risk of diarrhea, measured by odds ratio, is. significantly higher in children under the age of one, breast fed for less th,n six months, weaned at age more than 6 months,. whose mothers have low; education level, married at younger age and/or are housewives. Diarrhea is common in children under the age of five years In Riyadh city and intervention strategies to control diarrhea should target the children who are significantly more at risk of developing diarrhea.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/14516
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