Dr Sunita Khandelwal, Dr A. L. Bairwa


BACKGROUND: Malnutrition is rampant in paediatric age group. It is responsible for high morbidity, mortality and
serious long term sequelae. In addition to critical care, a nutritional therapy followed by nutritional rehabilitation is a very
important aspect for these children.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVE: 1.To study average daily weight gain on f-75 diet in SAM children admitted in malnutrition treatment centre. 2. To
study that food inadequacy is a very important cause of SAM.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: Study done on SAM Children(without edema) aged 6months to 60 months hospitalized in Malnutrition
Treatment Center Medical College Kota and stayed during study period during January 2017 to January 2018. F-75 diet was given to 357 SAM
children that were enrolled in study for rst 3days according to MTC guidelines. Daily weight gain recorded. Average daily weight gain
(gm/kg/day) calculated on day fourth.
RESULTS : Out of 357 children average daily weight gain on day fourth was following: <5gm/kg/day in 68(19.04%), 5-10 gm/kg/day in 74
(20.72%), >10 gm/kg /day in 215 (60.22%).
CONCLUSION : Although f-75 is not intended for weight gain, still children gained good weight on starter diet. High quality infant and young
child feeding counseling is needed to prevent severe acute malnutrition.

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