Nutritional status of under-two years old children of depressive mothers presented to Hayatabad Medical Complex Peshawar.


  • Shafqat Ullah
  • Ramsha Hamid Khyber Medical College, Peshawar.
  • Humera Gabeen Saidu Medical College, Sawat.
  • Amir Hamza Bannu Medical College, Bannu.
  • Saeed Maqsood Bannu Medical College, Bannu.
  • Khalid Mehmood Qureshi Rehman Medical Institute, Peshawar.



Children, Depression, Malnutrition


Objective: Maternal mental health is an important factor for wellbeing of babies. The aim of present study was to determine the frequency of malnutrition among less than2-year-old children of depressed mother presented to HMC. Study Design: Cross-sectional study. Setting: Psychiatry Unit, Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar. Period: July 2021 to February 2022. Material & Methods: A sample size 364 mothers were selected through random sampling technique. Data was collected on a structured questionnaire and analyzed using SPSS version 24 for windows. Results: Mean age of mothers were 26±3 SD. Among 364 women, 130(35.72%) were normal, 125(34.34%) were having moderate depression and 109(29.94%) were having severe depression. Nutritional status of their children showed 88(24.18%) normal children, 152(41.75%) were moderate and 124(34.06%) were having severe malnutrition. Depression showed significant association with child nutrition. Conclusion: Depression in women is the major cause of malnutrition in first two year of child life. Effective strategies especially during postnatal period can help to alleviate the depression in women.

Author Biographies

Shafqat Ullah

MBBS, MPH, MCPS (Psychiatry), Consultant Psychiatrist.

Ramsha Hamid, Khyber Medical College, Peshawar.

MBBS, MPH, Lecturer Community Medicine, 

Humera Gabeen, Saidu Medical College, Sawat.

MBBS, MHPE, Lecturer Pathology, 

Amir Hamza, Bannu Medical College, Bannu.

MBBS, DMJ, Associate Professor Forensic Medicine, 

Saeed Maqsood, Bannu Medical College, Bannu.

MBBS, FCPS, Assistant Professor Cardiology, 

Khalid Mehmood Qureshi, Rehman Medical Institute, Peshawar.

MBBS, FCPS (Orthopedic Surgery), Assistant Professor Orthopedics,