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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2018, Volume : 6, Issue : 3
First page : (518) Last page : (524)
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Nutrition Knowledge and Awareness of Parents of Lactose Intolerant Children: The Impact of Child-Targeted Nutrition Counselling

Sloney Sachar* (PhD Scholar) and Sonika Sharma (Assistant Professor)

Department of Food and Nutrition, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana
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Received: 20.05.2018  |  Revised: 24.06.2018   |  Accepted: 29.06.2018  



Nutrition knowledge and awareness of parents of Lactose Intolerant Children was evaluated by selecting 60 lactose intolerant children (1-5 yrs) from different hospitals of Punjab. The requisite data were collected using personal interview schedule. The nutrition interventions like personal counselling, education through lecture-cum-discussion, demonstration of lactose free recipes were imparted to the parents for three months. An educational material was prepared in the form of a booklet-“Understanding Lactose Intolerance” covering various aspects of lactose intolerance which was then given to the parents for further reference. Upon critically analyzing the knowledge level of the parents, it was found that all of the parents had some theoretical knowledge about the disease but this awareness was masked with food myths and taboos. They knew that lactose intolerance affects the gastro intestinal tract of the patient, but they lacked practical knowledge regarding the correct food choices for lactose intolerant children. Overall it was found that the mean knowledge score of the parents before the intervention was 12.56 ± 3.92 which significantly increased to 16.6 ± 4.28, indicating a positive impact of the intervention on the knowledge level of the parents regarding the lactose intolerance. The results revealed that after nutrition counselling the percentage of parents in high knowledge score category increased from 26.67% to 40.00%.

Key words: Lactose intolerance, Nutrition counselling, Knowledge level, Food choices.

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Cite this article: Sachar, S. and Sharma, S., Nutrition Knowledge and Awareness of Parents of Lactose Intolerant Children: The Impact of Child-Targeted Nutrition Counselling., Int. J. Pure App. Biosci. 6(3): 518-524 (2018). doi: