Menoufia Medical Journal

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 1512-

Prevalence of stunted growth in children under 5 years of age in Qalyubia Governorate


Mahmood D Al-Mendalawi 
 Department of Paediatrics, Al-Kindy College of Medicine, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq

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Mahmood D Al-Mendalawi
Department of Paediatrics, Al-Kindy College of Medicine, University of Baghdad, Baghdad Post Office, P.O. Box 55302, Baghdad
Iraq




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Al-Mendalawi MD. Prevalence of stunted growth in children under 5 years of age in Qalyubia Governorate.Menoufia Med J 2019;32:1512-1512


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Al-Mendalawi MD. Prevalence of stunted growth in children under 5 years of age in Qalyubia Governorate. Menoufia Med J [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Apr 4 ];32:1512-1512
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I read with interest the study by Farahat et al. [1] on the prevalence of stunted growth in children less than 5-year old attending a primary healthcare in Qalyubia Governorate, Egypt. The authors found that the prevalence of stunted growth was 13.32% and it was significantly associated with the age of children (stunting was more in children aged < 24 months) (P = 0.005), socioeconomic level (P = 0.004), family history of short stature (P < 0.05), family size of more than five (P = 0.004), and low hemoglobin level (P < 0.001) [1]. I presume that these results ought to be cautiously taken owing to the presence of the following methodological limitation. It is obvious that in the clinical field, there are many growth charts used to measure anthropometric parameters in children. These include WHO charts, Center for Disease Control charts, and country-specific charts. Comparing the use of other charts to the use of the country-specific growth charts suggested that the latter might describe the growth of children more precisely [2],[3]. Supporting that notion, it has been found that there was significant differences between sexes regarding the growth of children on using Egyptian growth charts compared with Center for Disease Control charts [4]. It is good to know that Farahat et al. [1] used the National Egyptian Growth Chart 2002 to estimate the growth of the studied pediatric cohort. However, it is worth mentioning that Egyptian Growth Charts 2002 used by Farahat et al. [1] was constructed more than a decade ago and it is not more precise in the clinical field and researches. It would be prudent to construct new Egyptian charts. I presume that if such charts have been constructed and used, the results of the study might be altered.

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