Topical Area: Community and Public Health Nutrition
Objectives : Introduction: The presence of intestinal parasites is related to poor living conditions, educational level and socio-economic factors. The study evaluated the occurrence of intestinal parasites and nutritional status of children in two daycares in the municipality.
Methods : Case Description: Stool samples from 33 children between 3 and 6 years old was evaluated at two public daycares with different socioeconomic levels in the municipality of Vitoria by parasitological exam. In addition to the parasitological examination, socioeconomic and anthropometric measurements were evaluated. Parasitological analyzes were performed by the technique of sedimentation (Hoffman, Pons and Janer - HPJ). The socioeconomic information was obtained through the questionnaire application. Anthropometric data were collected.
Results : The prevalence rate detected was 12.12% in 33 children evaluated. It was observed commensal protozoa (Entamoeba coli and Endolimax nana) and intestinal parasites (Ascaris lumbricoides and Trichuris trichiura) in samples evaluated. Nutritional assessment was satisfactory in 78.79% of the children; however, 21.21% of children evaluated were overweight.
Educational activities are essential for the prevention of intestinal parasites and future obesity-related diseases.
Funding Sources :
Federal University of Federal University