Arisanty Nur Setia Restuti, Yeyen Annisa Fitri
Micronutrient Supplementation (Vitamin A, Zinc, And PUFA) can accelerate the healing process of diarrhea in children, but until recently whether deficiencies in micronutrient (vitamin A, zinc, and PUFA) intake can increase the risk of diarrhea in children has not been known. These micronutrients protect against infections that cause diarrhea. The purpose of this study was to determine the relation between Vitamin A, Zinc, and PUFA intake levels and the diarrhea incidence in infants aged 6-24 months. This research was an analytical survey with a cross-sectional design. The population was 6-24 months infants with a sample of 100 infants. Data collection was using diarrhea questionnaire and recall interviews 1 x 24 hours for three times. Statistical analysis was using SPSS 16.0 for Windows with Chi-Square Correlation and Gamma Test. The results showed a significant relationship between diarrhea and the level of Vitamin A intake (p = 0.000), Zinc (p = 0.012), PUFA (0.007). In short, there is a relationship between the level of Vitamin A, Zinc, and PUFA intake on the incidence of diarrhea among infants aged 6-24 months.
Keywords: infants, diarrhea, Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid, Vitamin A, Zinc.
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