Morbidity among infants in South India: A longitudinal study

Nitin Joseph, S. H. Subba, Vijaya A. Naik, N. S. Mahantshetti, M. D. Mallapur

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To study the incidence and types of morbidity in the first year of life in a birth cohort, a longitudinal study. This study was undertaken in northern part of Karnataka state in India. Birth cohort consisted of all the children born during first six months of the study period. They were assessed at the time of enrollment and monthly follow up was done till they attained one yr of age. Out of the 194 newborns, 46.4% were boys and 53.6% were girls. 24.8% of newborns were of low birth weight and 5.1% were preterm. Four (2.1%) had congenital anomalies and 2.5% developed birth asphyxia. Diarrhea (10.8%) and skin diseases (8.2%) were the commonest morbidities in the neonatal period. The incidence of morbidity was 3.28 per infant per yr. It was more among boys and in the second half of infancy. Commonest morbidities during infancy were respiratory tract infection (62.4%), diarrhea 42.8% and skin diseases (21.6%). Incidence of disease in infancy highlights the need to improve and plan health programmes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)456-458
Number of pages3
JournalIndian Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01-04-2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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