Kenyan Mother to Child Nutrition Riddle


A mother’s constant worry is that of her child’s health. For the society, children are its future hope and leaders.

It’s sad to see children who are suffering from illness caused by malnutrition and worse, hunger live in the same country with few who can access proper food anytime.

Every infant and child has the right to good nutrition according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. But, do all infants and children have the luxury to enjoy this right?

When a child is born, he or she needs to be kept healthy with good nutrition like his/her mother. That is not a usual thing in our country.

When a new-born is diagnosed with malnutrition, the parents have to take all measures to ensure that the child gets healthy. If not, then the child may die or be disabled when growing up.

Malnutrition is one of the challenges that most countries in this world face. This is a highly salient issue in Kenya, which is among the 20 countries that account for 80% of the world’s chronically undernourished children.

The constitution of Kenya recognizes nutrition as a human right. Good nutrition and a healthy environment do not only apply to children but also the mothers. Expecting and lactating mothers have to be well nourished so as to prevent a child being malnourished. For a child and mother to have access to good nutrition, food must be available and adequate. That is adequate intake of nutrients such as iron, folic acid and iodine on development of the brain and nervous system of the child.

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Most of us usually assume that a child is not supposed to have a certain type of food. Mothers have to know what kind of nutrient-rich food they require for the betterment of both themselves and their children. The level of maternal nutrition during pregnancy can affect the new-born’s body size and composition. A great worry is its damage to the brain besides cases of extreme physical and mental retardation.