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Rev Saude Publica. 1992 Aug;26(4):217-22.

[Nutritional assessment of children 0 to 5 years old cared for by the municipal network of urban health of the southern region of Brazil, 1988].

[Article in Portuguese]

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  • 1Secretaria Municipal de Saúde-Curitiba, Brasil.

Abstract

An epidemiological survey was undertaken to fulfil one of the conditions required for the establishment of the Nutritional Surveillance System, on the basis of data from 1988. In this survey an anthropometric examination was employed for the purpose of discovering the prevalence and the kinds of protein energy malnutrition among children under five years of age who had been assisted at Health Centers of the Municipal Health Department of Curitiba, Paraná (Brazil). Of a sample population of 4,213 children it was found (by the Gòmez criterion) that 28.1% had malnutrition 3.6% of this percentage being of second or third degree. By the use of the Seoane-Latham criterion as modified by Batista Filho, 19.7% of the children presented some kind of malnutrition. The distribution of the sample in centiles showed that it contained an excess of children in the first centiles after 6 th months of age as compared with the reference population. This excess was more evident in the 12 to 24-months age group.

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