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Prevalence of stunting in children aged 6-23 months in Kemba woreda, southern Ethiopia: a community-based cross-sectional study

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Abstract: Birth background stunting is a public health problem in developing countries. Growth retardation (HAZ < − 2Z score) is a major cause of disability, which prevents surviving children from reaching their full development potential. Objective to evaluate the growth retardation and related factors of children aged 6-23 months in southern Ethiopia. method. In 2014 15, a community-based cross-sectional study was conducted among 562 mothers with children aged 6 to 23 months in Kemba district. Multivariate analysis was used to determine the control effect of predictive variables and confounding. The consequence study showed that 18.7 (95 confidence interval (15.6 – 22.1)) of 562 children were stunted. In multiple logistic regression analysis, boys [AOR: 2.50; 95 confidence interval (1.60-4.01)], older mothers [AOR: 2.60; 95 confidence interval (1.07-6.35)], mothershers who have no formal education [AOR: 2.76; 95 CI (1.63–4.69)], mothers who work as daily workers [AOR: 3.06; 95 CI (1.03–9.12)] and have private work activity [AOR: 2.39; 95 CI (1.61–3.53)], mothers who have no postnatal follow-up [AOR: 1.64; 95 CI (1.05–2.55)], and maternal illness encountered after delivery [AOR: 1.56; 95 CI (1.05–2.32)] were identified as significant independent predictors of childhood stunting. Conclusion and Recommendation. A significant number of children had chronic undernutrition in critical periods. An organized effort should be made at all levels to solve the problems of chronic undernutrition (stunting) in children.

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