Children Growth Awareness: An Important Role for Reaching the Optimal First 1000 Days in Life
Jeslyn Tengkawan, Ayu Anandhika, Ristania Ellya John, Zulfikar Ihyauddin, Kezia Jessica, Titi Pambudi Karuniawaty
Available Online 10 August 2020.
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- Child health, growth assessment, MCHH, awareness, 1000 days
- Background and Aims: Monitoring child growth, including measurement of weight, height or length, and head circumference, plays an important role in detecting a child’s growth abnormalities and monitoring a child’s nutritional adequacy. This study aimed to measure the completeness of growth chart in maternal and child health handbook (MCHH) and identify cadres’ practices on child growth monitoring. Methods: This is a cross-sectional survey conducted in three stunting villages in Lombok Tengah, Indonesia, between June and July 2019. We evaluated 59 cadres and nutritionists using questionnaire and reviewed 205 MCHHs. Results: We found 100% (205 out of 205) of the World Health Organization (WHO) growth charts, including weight for height/length, height/length for age, and head circumference for age graphs in MCHH were not filled. Out of 59 participants, 23.7% (14 people) never participated in height/length measurement, and only 13.6% (8 people) did a head circumference measurement at least once. 94.9% (56 people) never filled or plotted WHO curves in the MCHH with the most reasons are did not know how to fill (64.4%), and 28.8% did not know that the growth chart can be filled and plotted. Implication: Routine child growth monitoring should be done especially for children under two years of age. As child growth and development screening and monitoring are important and could affect children in reaching their potentials, we suggest that government should socialize more about the importance and the urgency about child growth and development awareness to all parents and healthcare practitioners.
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TY - CONF AU - Jeslyn Tengkawan AU - Ayu Anandhika AU - Ristania Ellya John AU - Zulfikar Ihyauddin AU - Kezia Jessica AU - Titi Pambudi Karuniawaty PY - 2020 DA - 2020/08/10 TI - Children Growth Awareness: An Important Role for Reaching the Optimal First 1000 Days in Life BT - International Conference on Early Childhood Education and Parenting 2019 (ECEP 2019) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 146 EP - 150 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.200808.028 DO - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.200808.028 ID - Tengkawan2020 ER -