Nearly 1 in 2 paediatric patients with chronic diseases are malnourished1. Undernutrition in early life may not only result in impaired immune function, increased risk of infection, poor wound healing and GI dysfunction, but may lead to faltering growth and may delay normal feeding development and the onset of puberty2-10.
Poor weight gain from birth to 6-8 weeks of life is a stronger predictor of developmental delay than poor weight gain over the remainder of the first year, highlighting the importance of acting quickly11.
Effect on cognitive development and brain function: Faltering growth and undernutrition in infancy have been associated with cognitive and behavioral impairment during childhood and adulthood. Furthermore, studies in term infants have shown that undernutrition during infancy is associated with permanent alterations in brain growth and function12-15.
Impact on IQ: Children with faltering growth achieve IQ scores of 4.2 points lower than children with a history of adequate growth16.
Physical impact: Muscle has a critical period of development before birth and during the first 6 months afterwards. Failure of growth at this time is associated with a life-long reduction in muscle17.
WHY CHOOSE A WHOLE PROTEIN FORMULA WHEN TOLERANCE ISN’T AN ISSUE?
WHY CHOOSE AN EXTENSIVELY HYDROLYSED FORMULA WHEN TOLERANCE IS AN ISSUE?
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