Faltering growth can affect both an infant or child’s short and long-term health - with consequences including an increased risk of infections, poorer recovery from surgery, prolonged length of intensive care stay and GI dysfunction in the short-term and impaired lung and cardiac function, compromised cognitive achievements, stunting and poorer lifelong health in the longer term.
Adequate nutrition in early life is a fundamental prerequisite for (neonatal) survival, growth and optimal development. Medical challenges such as Congenital Heart Disease, Cerebral Palsy and premature birth, as well as compromised intake and picky eating, can lead to faltering growth during this critical period of development.
Appropriate growth and development start with nutrition, however achieving adequate nutrient intake can be challenging in this population, in particular, when there are increased nutritional requirements, decreased nutritional intake and/or nutritional losses due to malabsorption/maldigestion.
In this section, you will find educational content covering the latest evidence, clinical and practical insights, recommendations and tools for the nutritional management of infants and children with faltering growth.