2020, VOL. 6 ISSUE 3, PART G
To assess the socio demographic profile of anganwadi children in Trivandrum district, Kerala, India.
Sample: Ninety children attending the anganwadi centers in the age group of two to six years were studied.
Study Design: A random study was done to assess the socio demographic profile of children (2-6 years) attending anganwadi centers in the Urban 2 project areas of Trivandrum district, Kerala. Children were selected randomly from sector 1 and sector 4. Data collected were compared with the standard values to find the disparities.
Locale of study: Sectors I and IV in the Urban II project areas of Trivandrum district in Kerala was randomly selected for study.
Methodology: In order to achieve the objectives, socio demographic variables of the respondents namely age, religion, caste, ordinal position, education and occupation of parents, monthly incomes, house condition etc. were collected using pretested questionnaire.
Results: A sizeable portion of male child (35.00%) were under the age category of 24-36 months and female child in age group of both 37-48 months and 49-60 months (34.00%). Birth weight of children were collected from their mothers and found that 11.6% of male children and 13% of female children in the study population were having a lower birth weight i.e. less than 2500gm. Majority of children (48.88%) were from the families having a monthly income of less than or equal to 20,000.
Conclusion: Children with their birth weight less than 2500gram need to be cared and should carefully note there anthropometric measurements. Since they are more prone to malnutrition, illness etc. throughout their life cycle. More than half (58.90%) of the mothers of the children were graduate and a large percent of mothers were not working. Children from low income group need special attention since they may be deprived from nutrient rich foods.