Let’s get to know stunting early!

Let’s get to know stunting early!

Alma Ata S1 Midwifery Study Programme – Stunting is a very short body condition, examined by the WHO-MGRS (Multicenter Growth Reference Study) standard.

Characteristics of stunted children:

  • Signs of late puberty
  • Poor performance on attention and learning memory
  • Late tooth growth
  • Becoming quieter and little eye contact at 8-10 years old
  • Slowing down growth
  • Younger-looking face compared to age

The adverse effects of stunting:

  • Easily Sick
  • Reduced Cognitive Ability
  • at risk of diet-related diseases in older age
  • Unbalanced body functions
  • Poor posture in adulthood

Causes of Child Stunting:

  • Malnutrition factors experienced by pregnant women and children under five years old
  • Lack of maternal knowledge about health and nutrition before and during pregnancy, and after childbirth
  • Limited health services including quality ante-natal care (ANC) or maternal health services during pregnancy and early motherhood learning
  • Lack of access to nutritious food
  • Lack of access to clean water and sanitation

Source: Ministry of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration. 2017. Village Handbook on Stunting Management.


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