What is it about?

We conducted a study to understand why diarrhea is still a common problem among children under two years old in Indonesia. Diarrhea can be dangerous for young kids, and we wanted to find out what factors are linked to it. We looked at things like the mother's age and education, the type of toilet used, breastfeeding, and bottle feeding. We found that these factors are connected to diarrhea in children. This study helps us see the importance of improving hygiene, promoting healthy behaviors, and encouraging breastfeeding to keep young kids safe from diarrhea.

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Why is it important?

Our study addresses a crucial health issue in Indonesia: diarrhea among children under two years old. This problem can lead to serious health complications and even death in young children. By examining various factors like the mother's age, education, breastfeeding practices, and sanitation facilities, we've identified key contributors to the prevalence of diarrhea. This research can guide policymakers, healthcare providers, and parents in implementing targeted interventions to reduce diarrhea cases in children. The findings emphasize the need for improved hygiene practices, promoting breastfeeding, and educating caregivers about healthy behaviors. Given the immediate relevance and potential impact on child health, this study could attract a wide readership interested in improving child well-being and public health in Indonesia and beyond.


This study's impact goes beyond academic circles—it has the potential to make a real difference in the lives of families and communities. By addressing a common and preventable health issue, this research contributes to the broader goal of improving child health and well-being in Indonesia. As someone interested in public health and child development, I believe that studies like this are crucial for creating positive changes that benefit society as a whole.

Mr Ferry Efendi
Universitas Airlangga

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This page is a summary of: Determinants of diarrhea among children under two years old in Indonesia, Children and Youth Services Review, April 2020, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.104838.
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