Vol. 6, Issue 4 (2020)
Nutritional and clinical status in exclusively breastfed babies of HIV positive mothers receiving antiretroviral therapy
Author(s): Pawan Kumar Barolia, Sunil Gomber, Prerna Batra, MMA Faridi, Shukla Das
Abstract: Aim: The present study was conducted to evaluate nutritional and clinical status in exclusively breastfed babies of HIV positive mothers receiving antiretroviral therapy. Material and method: The present study was conducted among 30 pairs of mother and infant in the Department of Pediatrics, University College of Medical Sciences and associated Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, a tertiary care centre in Delhi. CD4 cell count and viral load using RT PCR was done at the time of presentation in all these unbooked HIV positive mothers. These mothers were started on triple drug ART at the time of delivery. Anthropometry i.e. weight, length, height, chest circumferrence was done in infants at recruitment and each follow up visit. For weight measurement, an electronic weighing machine of sensitivity of ±5 gm was used. Results: Infants in HIV positive and negative groups show a consistent increase in the anthropometric parameters. The increase was more in HIV negative group but this increase was not significantly different in the two groups Conclusion: It can be concluded from the results of the present study that nutritional care of the babies suffering from HIV positive must be given attentive care.