Saratov JOURNAL of Medical and Scientific Research

Malnutrition in hospitalized children

Year: 2022, volume 18 Issue: №2 Pages: 245-249
Heading: Pediatrics Article type: Original article
Authors: Samanci S., Akdeniz О.
Organization: Diyarbakir Children's Hospital, Firat University Pediatric Cardiology Department

Objective: our study aimed to determine the prevalence and grade of malnutrition in patients hospitalized for various indications and to examine its relationship with comorbidities and socio-demographic factors. Material and methods. This study enrolled children aged 1 month to 15 years with a median (Q25; Q75) age of 1.8 (1.27-3.47) who were hospitalized in our hospital with various diagnoses between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019. Our study included 498 patients, 286 (57.4%) of which were male and 212 (42.6%) were female. Results. Forty (19.7%) patients with a median (Q25; Q75) age of 2.25 (1.27-3.48) years had a weight z-score of less than -2SD. According to the Waterlow classification, 47.2% (n=235) of the patients had malnutrition. There were significant differences between the groups regarding socioeconomic level and C-reactive protein (CRP) level. Conclusion. Malnutrition is associated with low socio-economic status. It plays an important role in hospitalizations for different reasons.

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