Dr Poorva Gohiya, Dr Varsha Kumari, Dr Rashmi Dwivedi


AIM: To identify the impact of diarrhea on the overall nutritional status and development of children and viceversa.
METHODS: This hospital based cross sectional study included all children 2months to 60 months admitted from January to December 2016
in a tertiary care centre in Central India with chief complaints of loose stools in the last 7 days. A pre-tested questionnaire and face to face
interviews was used as the data collection tool.
RESULTS: Data showed 14.9% cases were wasted, 36.2% were underweight and 15.4% were stunted comprising about 36% of our total
study group. Of the total cases that died due to diarrhea, 69% were malnourished. Presence of stunting as well as wasting cannot be
explained by a single episode of diarrhea and suggests their inverse relationship.
CONCLUSION: Malnutrition is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in this area and also repeated episodes of diarrhea can have
negative impact on the child's physical growth and development.


Diarrhea, malnutrition, stunting, wasting

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