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Journal of The Korean Society of Maternal and Child Health 2014;18(2):196-208.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.21896/jksmch.2014.18.2.196    Published online July 31, 2014.
Survey of Taking Dietary Supplements in Children Aged 1~8 Years
이희경, 황정민, 박재옥
순천향대학교 의과대학 소아과학교실
1~8세 소아에서의 건강보조제 사용 실태
이희경, 황정민, 박재옥
순천향대학교 의과대학 소아과학교실
People want recommendations for dietary supplements during their visit to the clinic. We investigated the current status of taking dietary supplements and the factors affecting them. Method: The survey was conducted in 1,000 parents of children aged 1~8 years who visited theDepartment of Pediatrics, Soonchunhyang University Gumi Hospital between January and August2013.
In 962 respondents among 1,000 subjects, 611 (63.5%) took dietary supplements whereas351 (36.5%) have never taken them. There were no differences in gender, delivery method, birthweight, current height, and household income between taking and non-taking dietary supplementsgroup ; however, in the cases of premature baby, low height, low current weight, the first child,old parents, the father who is the professionals, mixed milk feeding, and hospitalized previously,they took dietary supplements more than the others. Among children taking dietary supplements,77.0% took health functional foods; 30.1% of them was probiotics, and the number was 2~3 kindsaccording to 69.5%. The reasons for taking them included immunity improvement by 33.0%, withdecision by parents’ will (49.3%) other than doctors' recommendation (13.6%). The most importantreason why taking dietary supplements was efficient health improvement (93.1%), but, 50.2% oftaking group did not experience any effect.
Surveyed parents in the Gumi area favored to take dietary supplements. The activeparticipation of medical professionals is important to guide the proper selection to whom necessaryand to prevent misuse or abuse of dietary supplements without reason.
Key Words: dietary supplements, children
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