The best Indicators for chronic malnutrition?
|B||Rate of increase in height and weight|
The question asks about chronic malnutrition hence one time point estimates like body weight, MAC or chest circumference would not be adequate to provide information about long term nutritional status of the child. Any measurement which shows the time trend like rate of increase in height or weight with passage of time will be an appropriate measure.
We all know growth charts are the best indicator of long term nutritional status and they show progressive change in the height and weight of child as age advances.
Hence option' b' is the best answer.
User of growth chart:
a. For growth monitoring
b. Diagnostic tool for identifying "High risk" children
c. Planning and policy making
d. Educational tool
e. Tool for action
g. Tool for teaching
"The growth chart has been described as a passport to child health care. It has won international recognition and is now a standard method of monitoring children's health and nutritional status".