The First Step to Prevent Undernutrition - Detection

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The weight of infants and young children needs to be monitored closely, right from birth, through weighing and plotting the weight on the growth chart against age.

Monitoring of weight helps to:

  • Detect growth faltering in early stages, preventing the early onset of undernutrition.
  • Identify underweight children who need special care and feeding at home.
  • Identify severely underweight children who require medical attention and referral.
  • Identify causes of weight loss or the lack of growth, i.e, illnesses like diarrhoea, acute respiratory infection, malaria, inadequate food intake, illness of the mother, etc.
  • Take appropriate and timely action through counselling of mothers and the family.

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  • Indian Academny of Pediatrics
  • HealthPhone
  • Vodafone India
  • Ministry of Women and Child Development
  • UNICEF India

About IAP HealthPhone

An initiative of HealthPhone™, conducted under the aegis of Indian Academy of Pediatrics, in partnership with the Ministry of Women and Child Development, UNICEF, Aamir Khan and with support from Vodafone.

The objective of this nationwide campaign against malnutrition is to address issues of status of women, the care of pregnant mothers and children under two, breastfeeding and the importance of balanced nutrition and health. The focus is on women between 13 and 35 years of age and their family members.

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