Ignorance of women concerning appropriate child care
Ignorance of women concerning child bearing
Ignorance of women concerning weaning of infants
Ignorance of women concerning infant nutrition
Inadequate maternal education
Infants and children under conditions of deprivation die a slow silent death as a consequence of: malnutrition of mothers, inattention during pregnancy and birth, and neglect of natural practices like breastfeeding; ignorance about when to wean and the foods suitable for that stage; helplessness in responding to common illnesses such as diarrhoea in infants and young children; lack of knowledge of, and lack of access to, immunization against common childhood illnesses; absence of awareness about deficiencies in iron, iodine and vitamin A which lead to debility, cretinism and blindness; indifference to, or ignorance about, the need to periodically watch the growth, in weight and height, of children, as an expression of their status of nutrition and health.