As you read in Study Session 7, adequate feeding is essential for a child's growth and development. Poor feeding during infancy can have a lifelong effect, so recognising problems and improving feeding if necessary is an important task for you as a Health Extension Practitioner.
There are six classifications for a child's nutritional status and anaemia:
- Severe malnutrition
- Very low weight
- Not very low weight
- Severe anaemia
- No anaemia.
Take another look at the descriptions in Study Session 7 of this Module, if you need to remind yourself how to assess nutritional status and anaemia, and what recommendations you can give a mother for feeding her infant and young children in ways appropriate to their age and needs.