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Memorias del Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Salud

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NUNEZ-MARTINEZ, Beatriz Elizabeth; MEZA-MIRANDA, Eliana; SANABRIA-FLEITAS, Talía Luciana  and  AGUERO-LEIVA, Fátima Dayana. Association between knowledge level and practices on child food of 2 to 5 years children caregivers. Mem. Inst. Investig. Cienc. Salud [online]. 2020, vol.18, n.1, pp.47-54. ISSN 1812-9528.

The objective of this research work was to determine the association between the level of knowledge and practices of caregivers on infant feeding of children from 2 to 5 years old who attended the Hospital Materno Infantil de Loma Pyta from the city of Asunción in June 2019. This was an observational, analytical cross-sectional study. The population to be studied was composed of caregivers of children aged 2 to 5 who consulted at the Hospital Materno Infantil de Loma Pyta. A questionnaire with questions related to the level of knowledge and practice was applied to caregivers about feeding their children, as well as the eating frequency. Regarding the level of knowledge about the eating habits of the children, the majority had an average knowledge (40%). In relation to the practices about the eating habits the caregivers had with the children, 80% of them had an inadequate level. In respect to the association between the level of knowledge and the level of practice, a statistically significant relationship was found between these variables with a value of p <0.001 for the Chi-square test. This means that there was a relationship between the knowledge of the caregivers and the practices they performed.

Keywords : level of knowledge; practices; caregivers; child food.

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