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Enfermería Global

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SANTOS, Floriacy Stabnow et al. Feeding practices among children under one year of age admitted to a public hospital. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2019, vol.18, n.53, pp.464-498.  Epub Oct 14, 2019. ISSN 1695-6141.


Food is an important factor to ensuring the existence, growth and development of a child.


to identify the socioeconomic profile of children under one year of age hospitalized in a public hospital in the country side of Maranhão and of their mothers; to know the complementary feeding given tby mothers and their history of breastfeeding.


Descriptive, cross-sectional, quantitative research conducted between February and September 2015. Data were collected through forms applied to mothers, and the sample comprised 174 individuals.


62.7% of the children were male, 42.5% were 1 to 4 months old, 55.7% were hospitalized with respiratory problems, their mothers were housewives aged between 15 and 35 years. The data showed that children received liquids, artificial milk and food precociously, and only 20.1% had practiced exclusive breastfeeding until the sixth month.


The children under one year of age have an inadequate eating pattern. Therefore, actions that promote the practice of healthy feeding are necessary.

Keywords : Complementary feeding; Child; Hospitalization.

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