An explorative study of the differences in feeding patterns of children with and without disabilities in a rural community in Karnataka.


  • Ankeeta Menona Jacob K.S. Hegde Medical Academy, Nitte, Nithyananda Nagar, Deralakatte, Mangalore, Karnataka
  • Sreekantaiah Pruthvish National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research, Kannamangala Post Bengaluru
  • Nandakumar Bidare Sastry M. S. Ramaiah Medical College, MSRIT Post, MSR Nagar, Bangalore-560054, Karnataka
  • Radhika Kunnavil M. S. Ramaiah Medical College, MSRIT Post, MSR Nagar, Bangalore-560054, Karnataka
  • Mohanraju Shankarappa National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru



Disabled children, Intellectual disability, Vomiting, Caregivers.


Background: Children with disabilities are nutritionally vulnerable due to feeding difficulties associated with disabilities. Aim & Objective: To investigate factors associated with feeding difficulties in children with/without disabilities. Settings and Design: A cross-sectional analytical study was undertaken in the rural field practice area of a medical college in Karnataka. Methods and Material: Data collected on 145 children with disability and 145 neighbors/sibling/ classmates of the child using a pretested semi-structured questionnaire was analyzed using SPSS 20.0 Statistical analysis: Difficulties faced by feeding children with/without disabilities were expressed in percentages. Chi-square test was used to determine the association between feeding time, challenges encountered, and need for assistance p (<0.05). Results: The mothers mostly assisted feeding. Significant differences in need for support among children with disabilities 19 (13.5%) and without disabilities 3(2.1%) during meals and time taken to feed were seen. The most common difficulty was the improper position 13(9.0%) among children with disabilities. Conclusions: Mother is the significant person involved in feeding children with & without disabilities. Help in feeding, improper position of the child, vomiting tendency while feeding was more common with children with disabilities than without disabilities.

Disabled children, Intellectual disability, Vomiting, Caregivers.


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Jacob AM, Pruthvish S, Sastry NB, Kunnavil R, Shankarappa M. An explorative study of the differences in feeding patterns of children with and without disabilities in a rural community in Karnataka. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2019 Jun. 30 [cited 2023 Sep. 24];31(2):248-52. Available from:



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