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Title: Nutritional status of children with sickle cell disease A study at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital of Ghana
Authors: Osei, Tracy Bonsu
Apprey, Charles
Mills-Robertson, Felix Charles
Ohemeng, Agartha N.
Keywords: Nutrition
Children
Sickle cell disease
Issue Date: Jul-2018
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
Citation: Tracy Bonsu Osei, Charles Apprey, Felix Charles Mills-Robertson, Agartha N. Ohemeng, (2019) "Nutritional status of children with sickle cell disease: A study at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital of Ghana", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 49 Issue: 2, pp.232-239, https://doi.org/10.1108/ NFS-03-2018-0100
Abstract: Purpose – This study aims to assess the nutritional status of children with sickle cell diseases using anthropometric measurements, biochemical markers and dietary intakes. Design/methodology/approach – The study was conducted in 100 children of 3-12 years of age with sickle cell diseases (SCDs) at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in the Kumasi Metropolis of Ghana. Weight, height and age of participants were used to calculate body mass index-for-age. The mid-upper-armcircumference-for-age, weight-for-age (percentiles) and height-for-age (percentiles) were compared with standards growth charts for children. Biochemical measures such as serum albumin and ferritin, as well as full blood count, were assessed. Dietary intake was assessed using 24-h dietary recall and food frequency questionnaire. Findings – From the study, 73 and 37 per cent of the children with SCD recorded inadequate intake of iron and vitamin E, respectively, when compared to the recommended daily allowance. Out of the 100 participants, 37 per cent were underweight and 22 per cent were stunted. There was significant difference (p < 0.05) in underweight (weight-for-age) prevalence by gender. A multiple variate regression showed a significant association between zinc (r 2 = 0.763, p < 0.05) and haemoglobin levels. Originality/value – The evidence in this paper is relevant for treatment, health education and nutritional counselling of parents with children who have SCD.
Description: An article published by Emerald Publishing Limited and also available at DOI 10.1108/NFS-03-2018-0100
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/12875
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