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An intervention study to monitor weight gain in infants using a home based complementary food recipe and a hand blender.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18020022     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy of a home made energy dense weaning food, containing 110-130 kcal (26-30kJ) per 100 ml on prevention of growth faltering during infancy. METHODOLOGY: Infants attending four child health welfare clinics in the Medical Officer of Health (Ragama) area were recruited at the age of 4 months. The intervention group received a specially designed hand blender, recipe and advice to prepare a weaning food. The control group received weaning foods without any intervention. They were followed up monthly up to the age of 12 months. RESULTS: 152 infants completed the study (83 from intervention group). The infants in the intervention group gained significantly more weight than the control group (intervention group 2.43 +/- 0.72 kg, control group 2.02 +/-0.62 kg, p = 0.0002). Both groups showed a drop in the Z score for mean weight for age during the study period but this was less marked in the intervention group. CONCLUSIONS: A high energy density home made complementary food was effective in improving the weight gain of infants during the weaning period.
D G Harendra De Silva; Shaman Rajindrajith; A Pathmeswaran; Wasantha Karunasekera
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Ceylon medical journal     Volume:  52     ISSN:  0009-0875     ISO Abbreviation:  Ceylon Med J     Publication Date:  2007 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-11-20     Completed Date:  2008-01-08     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1264702     Medline TA:  Ceylon Med J     Country:  Sri Lanka    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  79-83     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
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MeSH Terms
Body Mass Index*
Body Weight*
Infant Food*
Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
Infant, Newborn
Nutrition Surveys
Sri Lanka
Weight Gain*

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