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Medan, Indonesia

Sinaga H.T.,Polytechnic of Health Medan | Mahdiah,Polytechnic of Health Medan | Manalu M.,Polytechnic of Health Medan
Pakistan Journal of Nutrition | Year: 2015

Growth chart is an essential tool in growth monitoring program for malnutrition prevention among children. However, reports from several countries indicate poor use of growth chart by mothers and health workers. A simple and informative growth chart is currently needed to be used as educational tool for mothers to easily comprehend their children’s growth. The objective of study was to investigate the impact of modified growth chart on child weight gain. The study was a quasy experimental with the non equivalent control group design approach. Children in intervention group used modified chart while children in control group used normal growth chart. Child’s weight was collected for ten months using hanging scale. Data was analyzed two times; at the first five month and at the second five month. T-test independent was used for statistical analysis. At the baseline there was no significant difference of child weight between intervention and control group (p>0.05). However at the first month there was significantly difference in child weight of age group 14-17 months (p<0.05) and for age group 16-18 months at the second five month (p<0.05). Modified growth chart effectively improved child weight gain and highly suggested to be used in Posyandu. © Asian Network for Scientific Information, 2015. Source

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