Child Food And The Importance Of Nutrition In India

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Food is an essential and basic necessity of life. Nutrition is the science that makes assessments of the biochemical and metabolic processes that take place in the body upon ingesting food. Food and hence the nutrition derived from it are vital forces for the survival of humans. It is needless to say that food is needed for proper growth and development of humans and hence is naturally an indispensable part of child health. Out of the total population, which is a soaring, 1.324 billion in India, 39% represents children in the tender age bracket of (0-5) years. Malnutrition is the underlying reason for 50% of deaths of children under 5 in India. Malnutrition and mortality are two congruent facets of the same coin. An Indian child has the potential of growing as healthy as any other child in the world. Children in a country are its hope for the future. A child dying due to poor health infrastructure is truly a tragedy. Millions of children across the country lie exposed to evils like under nutrition and infections. Children till 5 years of age are said to be in a ‘critical window’, their survival being of utmost importance in this bracket. Five A’s, namely, lack of Availability, Accessibility, Acceptability of nutritious food,…show more content…
Steps to educate the rural households regarding hygiene and sanitation to prevent infections, immunization and proper nutrition are necessary. In the urban households, there is a serious declining trend of breastfeeding and it is more important to promote the practice of breastfeeding and breastmilk as the natural food for infant till six months of age. WHO recognized this trend upon which they introduced an International Code for Protection of Breastfeeding in 1981, the Indian government adopted it in 1983 and then the first national guidelines in Infant and Young Child Feeding were formulated in 2004, which were revised in
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