Cultural Practices and Child Health in Pakistan

In this talk, I’ll be discussing the relationship with child stunting of two practices that are common in the local context. The first is son-biased fertility stopping behaviour, where parents commonly add to their family until they reach the desired number of sons. This increases the chances that later-born children are stunted, unless the child is a first born son. Prenatal inputs also tend to increase if a family does not yet have a son. The second practice that we consider is the impact of exposure to mild in-utero nutritional disruptions due to fasting.