Growth & Inadequate Nutrition – Kid

Malnutrition occurs when nutrient intake does not meet the needs for normal body functions and leads to alterations of growth and development in children. Chronic illness puts children at risk for developing malnutrition. Because of children's rapid periods of growth and development, it is important for early diagnosis, prevention, and management to take place.1

Malnutrition Statistics:

  • Around 45% of deaths among children under 5 years of age are linked to undernutrition, worldwide.2
  • Globally in 2020:
    • 149 million children under 5 were estimated to be stunted;
    • 45 million were estimated to be wasted (too thin for height);
    • and 38.9 million were overweight or obese.

Healthcare professionals can provide nutritional guidance and suggest supplementation to support a child's immune system and growth.


Related Education for Professionals

Nutrition Needs of Infants and Children with Malnutrition and Faltering Growth

This course helps define malnutrition; characterizes the role of the dietitian and other healthcare professionals in assessing nutrition requirements; describes the impact of specific conditions on nutrition requirements; and discusses expectations for catch-up growth. Originally presented at the 2020 Growth Summit in Stockholm, Sweden.

Assessing Growth and Nutritional Status

Dr Aw reviews strategies for measuring pediatric growth and assessing nutritional status with the ABCs of assessment: Anthropometry, Biochemical measures, and Clinical observations. She also discusses how particular aspects of child behavior and the quality of dietary intake can help identify children at risk for suboptimal growth and development.

Assessing Body Composition to Optimize Growth

This course identifies body composition assessment tools for pediatric patients; discusses the need for early identification of nutritional risk; reviews nutrition interventions to support catch-up growth; and describes the causes and consequences of faltering growth and windows of opportunity for catch-up growth. Originally presented at the Nutrition & Growth Conference on August 27, 2020.


Related Clinical Research

Nutrition in Adolescent Growth & Development

Adolescence is a nutrition-sensitive phase for growth, during which the benefits of good nutrition extend to many physiological systems.


Related Nutrition Resources

Undernutrition Risk Factors

A chart of undernutrition demographic data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) listing risk factors for undernutrition in children and the usage of PediaSure® for intervention and growth. 

Growth Toolkit Dosing Chart

PediaSure dosing chart with daily calorie needs for catch-up growth. 


Product Solutions

PediaSure® Grow & Gain®

PediaSure Grow & Gain is a source of Complete, Balanced Nutrition especially designed for children 1 to 13 years of age.


Connect With Your Patients

PediaSure - Balanced Nutrition for Immune Support

PediaSure contains the nutrition kids need for growth progress and immune system support.

PediaSure Recipes

Recipe ideas for caregivers incorporating PediaSure as an ingredient in meals and snacks.


References: 1. Larson Nath C, et al. Nutr Clin Pract. 2019 Jun;34(3):349-358. doi: 10.1002/ncp.10274 2. World Health Organization. Malnutrition key facts. WHO website.