Infant and Young Child Feeding: a Key area to Improve Child Health

Taghizade Moghaddam, Habibolah and Khodaee, Gholam Hasan and Ajilian Abbasi, Maryam and Saeidi, Masumeh (2015) Infant and Young Child Feeding: a Key area to Improve Child Health. International Journal of Pediatrics, 3 (6.1). pp. 1083-1092.

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Good nutrition is essential for survival, physical growth, mental development, performance, productivity, health and well-being across the entire life-span: from the earliest stages of fetal development, at birth, and through infancy, childhood, adolescence and on into adulthood. Poor nutrition in the first 1,000 days of children’s lives can have irreversible consequences. For millions of children, it means they are, forever, stunted. Every infant and child has the right to good nutrition according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child; so the World Health Assembly has adopted a new target of reducing the number of stunted children under the age of 5 by 40 percent by 2025. The first 2 years of a child’s life are particularly important, as optimal nutrition during this period lowers morbidity and mortality, reduces the risk of chronic disease, and fosters better development overall. Breastfeeding and complementary feeding are a critical aspect of caring for infants and young children.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health
WS Pediatrics
Divisions: Journals > International J Pediatrics
Depositing User: IJP IJP
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2017 18:05
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2017 18:05

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