The effects of Tui Na massage on the growth status of children under five years of age with KMS T status (low weight gain)

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Annif Munjidah *
Fitria Dwi Anggraini
(*) Corresponding Author:
Annif Munjidah | annifmunjudah@gmail.com

Abstract

Nutritional problem in urban area is generally caused by food absorption disorder which can be treated by Tui Na massage. This article was aimed to investigate the effect of Tui Na massage on the growth status of children less than five years of age with KMS T status (low weight gain in Indonesia medical record). This quasiexperimental study was conducted by implementing pre-and-posttest design with control group. This study involved 26 children less than five years of age with KMS T as research samples chosen by simple random sampling technique. The results of analysis using paired t-test on the effect before and after Tui Na massage showed p=0.019 < α=0.05, while independent t-test in control and treatment group obtained p=0.065 > α=0.05. It shows that Tui Na massage affects the growth status of children under five years of age. Based on those results, midwives are expected to be able to perform Tui Na massage as an effort to develop the growth status of children under five years of age.


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