Objective: Mental illness is an important public health concern, often starting early in life and particularly impacting children from low-and middle-income countries. Our aims were to 1) determine, in a representative sample of public preschool 4- to 5-year old children in Brazil, the prevalence of internalizing and externalizing disorders and socioemotional development delays; and 2) to identify modifiable risk factors associated with mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders (MBDD), such as microsystem (i.e., parent-child relationship), mesosystem (social support), and macrosystem contextual factors (neighborhood disadvantage). Methods: A random sample of public preschool children was recruited in the city of Embu das Artes (São Paulo metropolitan area) (n=1,292 from 30 public preschools). Six-month prevalence of MBDD was measured using the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) and the Ages and Stages Questionnaires: Social-Emotional (ASQ:SE). Results: Six-month prevalence estimates were 25.4% for internalizing disorders, 12.1% for externalizing disorders, and 30.3% for socioemotional development delays. MBDD prevalence estimates were higher in families with stressful relationships and parental depression or anxiety, and in families with lower social capital. Conclusion: At least 25% of preschool children living in an urban area in Brazil presented a mental health disorder. These mental disorder were associated with modifiable factors such as stressful family relationships and lower social capital. Prevention and intervention measures such as family therapy are needed to decrease such high prevalence.
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the dietary intake of children and adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and juvenile systemic lupus erythematosus (JSLE) using a 24-hour diet recall and relating it to the patients clinical and anthropometric characteristics and to the drugs used in their treatment. METHODS: By means of a cross-sectional study, we assessed the 24-hour diet recalls of outpatients. Their nutritional status was classified according to the CDC (2000). The computer program NutWin UNIFESP-EPM was used for food intake calculation. The Recommended Dietary Allowances and the Brazilian food pyramid were used for quantitative and qualitative analysis. RESULTS: Median age was 12 years for JIA patients and 16.5 years for JSLE patients. Among the JIA patients, 37.5% had active disease, and among the JSLE patients, 68.2% showed Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Disease Activity Index (SLEDAI) > 4. Malnutrition was found in 8.3 and 4.5% of the JIA and JSLE patients, respectively, and obesity was present in 16.7 and 18.2%. For JIA patients, the excessive intake of energy, protein, and lipids was 12.5, 75, and 31.3%, respectively. For JSLE patients, the excessive intake of energy, protein, and lipids was 13.6, 86.4, and 36.4%, respectively. Low intake of iron, zinc, and vitamin A was found in 29.2 and 50, 87.5 and 86.4, and 87.5 and 95.2% of the JIA and JSLE patients, respectively. There was not a significant association between intake, disease activity, and nutritional status. CONCLUSION: Patients with rheumatic diseases have inadequate dietary intake. There is excessive intake of lipids and proteins and low intake of micronutrients.
OBJETIVOS: Avaliar o consumo alimentar de crianças e adolescentes com artrite idiopática juvenil (AIJ) e lúpus eritematoso sistêmico (LES) por recordatório de 24 horas e relacioná-lo com características clínicas e antropométricas e com os medicamentos empregados. MÉTODOS: Em estudo transversal, avaliamos os recordatórios de 24 horas de pacientes ambulatoriais. O estado nutricional foi classificado pelo CDC, 2000. Para o cálculo da ingestão, utilizamos o software NutWin UNIFESP-EPM. Para a análise quantitativa e qualitativa, adotamos as Recommended Dietary Allowances e a pirâmide alimentar brasileira. RESULTADOS: A mediana de idade foi 12 na AIJ e 16,5 anos no LES. Na AIJ, 37,5% dos pacientes estavam em atividade de doença, e, no LES, 68,2% tinham Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Disease Activity Index > 4. Foi encontrada desnutrição em 8,3 e 4,5% dos pacientes com AIJ e com LES, respectivamente, e obesidade, em 16,7 e 18,2%. Na AIJ, o consumo excessivo de energia, proteína e lipídios foi de 12,5, 75 e 31,3%, respectivamente. No LES, o consumo excessivo de energia, proteína e lipídios foi de 13,6, 86,4 e 36,4%, respectivamente. Consumo deficiente de ferro, zinco e vitamina A foi observado em 29,2 e 50, 87,5 e 86,4 e 87,5 e 95,2% dos pacientes com AIJ e LES, respectivamente. Não houve relação significante entre consumo, atividade da doença e estado nutricional. CONCLUSÃO: Pacientes com doenças reumáticas apresentam inadequação do consumo alimentar. Ressaltamos a ingestão excessiva de lipídios e proteínas e a ingestão insuficiente de micronutrientes.