Nutritional status of children <5 years of age who have a working mother: an epidemiological perspective of diarrhoeal children in urban Bangladesh

Ferdous, Farzana, Das, Jui, Ahmed, Shahnawaz, Malek, Mohammad Abdul, Das, Sumon Kumar, Faruque, Abu Syed Golam, Chisti, Mohammod Jobayer, Ma, Enbo and Wagatsuma, Yukiko (2016) Nutritional status of children <5 years of age who have a working mother: an epidemiological perspective of diarrhoeal children in urban Bangladesh. Public Health Nutrition, . doi:10.1017/S1368980016000410


Author Ferdous, Farzana
Das, Jui
Ahmed, Shahnawaz
Malek, Mohammad Abdul
Das, Sumon Kumar
Faruque, Abu Syed Golam
Chisti, Mohammod Jobayer
Ma, Enbo
Wagatsuma, Yukiko
Title Nutritional status of children <5 years of age who have a working mother: an epidemiological perspective of diarrhoeal children in urban Bangladesh
Journal name Public Health Nutrition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1475-2727
1368-9800
Publication date 2016-03-11
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S1368980016000410
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Total pages 4
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: The present analysis aimed to observe nutritional impacts among children <5 years of age by mother’s engagement in paid employment.

Design: Between 1996 and 2012, 21 443 children <5 years of age with diarrhoea attended the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), Dhaka Hospital. They were enrolled in the hospital-based Diarrhoeal Disease Surveillance System and their relevant information was extracted from the electronic database.

Setting: The icddr,b, Bangladesh.

Subjects: The analytic sample was 19 597 children aged <5 years who had a mother aged ≤35 years with or without engagement in paid employment.

Results: Eleven per cent of the mothers (n 2051) were currently engaged in paid employment on behalf of the family. Univariate analysis showed that children with mothers engaged in paid employment had a 1·14 times higher risk of being undernourished, a 1·20 times of higher risk of being stunted, a 1·21 times higher risk of being wasted and a 1·31 times higher risk of being underweight (risk ratios) than were children with mothers not likewise engaged. Multivariate analysis showed that such associations remained significant for stunting (1·08; 95 % CI 1·00, 1·16), wasting (1·15; 95 % CI 1·06, 1·25) and underweight (1·09; 95 % CI 1·02, 1·17) after controlling for covariates.

Conclusions: Mothers’ engagement in income-generating employment was associated with undernutrition in children <5 years of age in urban Bangladesh.
Keyword Children
Mother’s gainful employment
Nutritional status
Undernutrition
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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