The Relationship between Malnutrition and Intestinal Parasitic Infections among Preschool Children in East Area of Iran

Haratipour, Hossein and Sohrabi, Mohammad Bagher and Zolfaghari, Pouneh and Nezakati, Ehsan and Yahyaei, Elahe and Rezvani, Seddigheh (2016) The Relationship between Malnutrition and Intestinal Parasitic Infections among Preschool Children in East Area of Iran. International Journal of Pediatrics, 4 (6). pp. 2011-2018.

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Abstract

Background Malnutrition and infections are widespread in almost all developing countries. The aim of this study was to investigating prevalence and some of the determinants of malnutrition and intestinal parasitic infections among preschool children in Shahroud, Iran. Materials and Methods At across-sectional study, the all preschool children (1,850 cases), in Shahroud city as simple census, were selected. General information was collected using questionnaires and face-to-face interviews with the children’s parent. Stool specimens, collected fresh in paper cups, were examined by formalin-ether concentration. Also, the adhesive cellophane tape method was used to diagnose oxyuriasis. The nutritional status of the children’s was determined based on anthropometrics. Data were analyzed using the SPSS. Results The prevalence of malnutrition, based on weight-for-age, height-for-age, and weight-for-height was 6.7, 5.8 and 7.7, respectively. A third of children (35.1) had parasites infections, including 22.8 pathogenic parasites and 26.4 non-pathogenic and 35.5 of children were infected to oxyuris. The prevalence of parasite infection in the boys (51.1) was significantly higher than the girls (42.3)). Also, a significant relationship was found between malnutrition (height-for-age) and parasitic infections (P<0.05). Conclusion The results of this study showed that about a third of children’ kindergarten of Shahroud infected to at least one intestinal parasitic infection and these infections can cause malnutrition in children's preschool.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health
WS Pediatrics
Divisions: Journals > International J Pediatrics
Depositing User: IJP IJP
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2017 14:01
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2017 14:01
URI: http://eprints.mums.ac.ir/id/eprint/5052

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