Children with faltering growth
Optimal growth and development in childhood is essential for long-term human health and well-being. However, there are a number of reasons why children can have difficulties growing optimally. Inadequate growth may occur in children who have an underlying disease/condition such as a neurodisability e.g. cerebral palsy, a congenital heart defect, cystic fibrosis , liver disease or cancer.1,2 This is often due to a poor intake during their illness or nutritional requirement being higher. In addition, it can occur when there is no known cause. Whatever the cause, provision of adequate nutrition is essential. Problems such as gastrointestinal, poor recovery from illness, increased risk of infections and more lengthy hospital stays have been associated with inadequate nutrition.3,4 Nutritional screening and growth monitoring are therefore important to ensure children are identified early and receive the appropriate nutritional therapy to allow for optimal growth and development.3,4
1. Mehta et al. JPEN 2013: 37(4):460-481.
2. Beer et al. Nutr Clin Practice 2015;30:609-624.
3. Hecht et al. Clin Nutr 2013:34:53-59.
4. Huysentruyt et al. Nutrition 2013;29 1356-1361.
Nutricia in faltering growth
Nutricia is a leading producer of foods for special medical purposes, from infancy to adolescence and beyond. We partner with health care professionals and other experts to help manage children with a wide range of medical conditions, to ensure optimal growth and development. By offering a range and variety of medical nutrition products and enteral tube feeding options, as well as tubes/pumps, our aim is to improve their health outcomes long-term.
Future based research
We believe every child should have the opportunity to grow and thrive in order to reach their full potential, that's why scientists at our Utrecht research facility are working hard to develop new and innovative products that can help healthcare professionals and families meet that goal.