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
- 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.2
Healthcare professionals can provide nutritional guidance and suggest supplementation to support a child's immune system and growth.