A study of 53 children being treated at the Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital in Colombo has revealed that 20 percent of them are malnourished.
Addressing a media briefing Paediatrician Dr. Deepal Perera said this raises a serious concern. He attributed the failure to receive main sources of nutrients as the reason.
Dr. Perera said 10% of the children were severely malnourished, stating there was an increase in malnourished children due to the low consumption of foods rich in carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, and amino acids.
Dr. Perera stated it was not necessary to include exported items such as cheese and butter in children’s diets, but advised that necessary nutrients could be provided through milk, rice, vegetables, and greens.
Dr. Deepal Perera noted after six months, breast milk alone is insufficient to raise healthy children although breast milk is provided until a child reaches two years by certain parents.
Dr. Perera advised expectant and lactating mothers too to be mindful regarding their nutrient intake, adding a healthy mother can provide necessary nutrients for infants.