Nutrition related practices of mothers of under-five children


  • Pratiti Haldar Graphic Era College of Nursing, Graphic Era Hill University, Bhimtal, Uttarakhand
  • Lekha Viswanath Amrita Hospital Amrita Viswha Vidyapeetham, Delhi NCR Campus Sector 88, Faridabad, Haryana, India
  • Ashok Kumar Srivastava Swami Rama Himalayan University, Jolly Grant, Dehradun, Uttarakhand



Nutrition, Knowledge, Practices, Multicomponent program, Under-five children


Background: Childhood nutrition; a term which rings the bell in everyone’s mind especially the mothers of a child. Good nutrition for a child is a fact that cannot be denied for a healthier growth of a child. Individual families or communities have their own practices and belief and their own choices regarding their dietary practices. Aims & Objectives: The objectives of the study were to assess the nutritional knowledge of mothers of under-five children, assess the nutrition related practices of mothers of under-five children and develop multicomponent program for mothers of malnourished children. Methods & Material: An exploratory survey was carried out among 146 mothers of malnourished children. The instruments used were socio-demographic profile, knowledge questionnaire on Nutrition of children and structured questionnaire on Nutrition related practices of mothers. Results: The results revealed that 129 (88.3%) mothers had average knowledge. About 71 (48.6%) mothers had moderately adequate practices and 51 (35%) had inadequate practices regarding nutrition for children. Conclusion: Mothers knowledge and dietary practices they adopt for their child has an invariable effect on their nutritional status.


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Haldar P, Viswanath L, Srivastava AK. Nutrition related practices of mothers of under-five children. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2024 Feb. 29 [cited 2024 Jul. 24];36(1):62-7. Available from:



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