Journal of Agriculture & Life Sciences

ISSN 2375-4214 (Print), 2375-4222 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/jals

The Incidence of Malnutrition in Children (Age 0 – 5 Yrs)
Ogunrinade S.A (Mrs.)

This study examined the incidence of malnutrition in children between the ages 0-5 years, in most developing countries, Nigeria included, the standard of living of the people are poor not only in terms of having less to eat or drink, but also in terms of all- year-round availability of food in quantity and quality. It defines and embraces an understanding of malnutrition, its possible causes, likely consequences and types of nutritional deficiency. This paper therefore focused on the need to educate mothers, societies and also government on good nutrition and adequate diet that should be given to the infants. Various factors that contribute to malnutrition in children and measures to be employed in its treatment were also identified such as good knowledge of breastfeeding. (Importance of breast milk in protecting the Newborn from infection is recognized worldwide) Infant morbidity and mortality have been directly affected by a decline in breastfeeding. Recommendations were also made on how to eradicate and eliminate the incidence of malnutrition in children in the emphasized age bracket.

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