Variable CA4 : Child ate less or more during illness
Valid case(s): 1220
Children aged 0-4
Source of information
The mother or caretaker of the child aged 0-4.
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Warning: these figures indicate the number of cases found in the data file. They cannot be interpreted as summary statistics of the population of interest.
During (name's) illness, did he/she eat less, about the same, or more food than usual? If "less", probe: Much less or a little less?
During an episode of diarrhoea or other illness, a child may change the amount usually eaten. The focus in this question is on how much food was actually consumed by the child. Ask the question just as it is worded here. Read out the entire question and circle the code corresponding to the caretaker's response. Get the caretaker's best judgement of the relative amount of total food actually consumed by the child. Try to find out what actually happened, not what the caretaker thinks ought to have happened. An answer such as, "A child with diarrhoea (or 'a child who is ill') needs more food" is not satisfactory. You would need to ask, "BUT HOW MUCH DID YOUR CHILD ACTUALLY EAT DURING THIS DIARRHOEA?" If the caretaker replies that the child took only fluids (that is, the child did not 'eat'), circle '1' for 'None'. If the caretaker's answer is 'less than usual', probe by asking "MUCH LESS OR A LITTLE LESS?" to find out if she/he thinks the amount was 'much less' or 'somewhat less'. Then circle the appropriate code. If the mother/primary caretaker offered more food than usual, but the child ate much less, the answer is 'much less'; circle '2'. Make sure that the respondent understands that this includes breastmilk, if the child is still being breastfed. If the child is very young and the caretaker replies that he/she takes only fluids or breastmilk (that is, has not started 'eating' yet), there is no need to probe, since 'drinking' and 'eating' count as the same for this child. Circle the answer for this question (eating) that comes closest to the answer you circle for CA3 (drinking).