Meet SENBANJO IDOWU ODUNAYO, an Academic Staff of Lagos State University.



Associate Professor / Reader


Pediatrics and Child Health


At the Pediatrics And Child Health department office

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Research Interest

Topic: Paediatric Gastroenterology And Nutrition

Description: My main research interests are in paediatric gastroenterology and nutrition with a specific focus on body composition of school age children and adolescents, nutrition of women and under-five children, breastfeeding promotion, relationship between Helicobacter pylori infection and abdominal pain and hospital based intervention to improve the management of acute diarrhoeal disease among under-five children. I have undertaken research generating population based reference standards for body fat indices of Nigerian children, determining magnitude and risk factors for childhood obesity, with the aim of having a basis upon which policy for prevention of non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus and other metabolic disorders can be made. I was also able to demonstrate clearly the similarity in the pattern of waist circumference between Nigerian and African-American children and a link between childhood stunting and central obesity pointing out the need for population specific waist circumference charts or inclusion of different locations for data collection when making an international reference standard for waist circumference.


# Certificate SchoolYear
1. FWACP (Paediatrics and Child Health) Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife, Nigeria 2004

Current Research

Evaluation of nutritional status of hospitalised children

Research Details

Abdominal pain is a common presentation among children. In older children, most parents believe it is due to helminthes infection and most times dewormed the children before presentation to the hospital. Helicobacter pylori infection is common in developing countries. There is controversy about the causal relationship between Helicobacter pylori infection and abdominal pain in children. It is also not known whether children with sickle cell disease have peculiar predisposition to helicobacter pylori infection.Our study described parents attitude towards infantile colic and the relationship between helicobacter pylori infection and recurrent abdominal pain in sicklers and non-sicklers.The study was hospital based and cross-sectional.We found that most mothers are deficient in their knowledge of infantile colic and thereby resulted to self-medication which can be injurious to health of their children. We also found that Helicobacter pylori infection is significantly causally related to abdominal pain in children while children who are sicklers do not have peculiar predisposition to Helicobacter pylori infection.The contribution to knowledge include:1.The need to health educate every mother about infantile colic and the appropriate treatment.2.In this part of the world, every child with abdominal pain should be investigated for helicobacter pylori infection and treated appropriately, more so that long term colonization of the human system with this organism has also been strongly associated with other disorders such as gastric cancer.


SENBANJO IDOWU is a Associate Professor / Reader at the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health

SENBANJO has a FWACP in Paediatrics and Child Health from Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

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