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PP-108 Infant and child feeding index (ICFI) and micronutrient inadequacies in infants
  1. Praenapa Chaithaweesup,
  2. Sasivara Boonrusmee,
  3. Somchit Jaruratanasirikul,
  4. Maneerat Puwanant
  1. Prince of Songkla University


Aim To examine the feeding practices of the mothers to their infants in Southern Thailand using Infant and Child Feeding Index (ICFI) and to correlate ICFI with nutritional intake assessment.

Material and Method 120 healthy infants aged 6–12 months were enrolled. 24-hour food record was used to determine the food intake of each infant which was then compare to the ICFI list.

Results 57.5% of the infants were breastfed. Of the 93 infants aged 6–9-months, 10.8% received breast and/or formula feeding without complementary food, 30.1% received 1 meal and 59.1% received 2–3 meals a day. Of the 27 infants aged 9–12 months, all received complementary food; 8% with 1 meal, 40% with 2 meals and 52% with 3–4 meals per day. The median ICFI score was significantly higher in infants aged 9–12 months than in infants aged 6-<9 months (6 vs 5, p <0.01). Infants who received complementary food from <4 food groups and food frequency <2 meals per day had significantly higher levels of micronutrient inadequacies than infants who received complementary food from >4 food groups and food frequency >2 meals per day.

Conclusions The ICFI score increased with the age of the infants. Infants who were fed one complementary meal per day with food group diversity <4 were associated with micronutrient inadequacy.

  • Infants and Child Feeding Index
  • ICFI
  • food group diversity
  • micronutrient inadequacy
  • nutritional status

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