Growth & Undernutrition – Kid

Educational resources for managing nutrition challenges in kids.

Global Pediatric Nutrition Differences

This paper compared the differences in pediatric nutrition intake around the world, identified gaps in knowledge, and encouraged collaboration among professionals to address these gaps.

Effect of Oral Nutritional Supplements (ONS) on Growth in Children With Undernutrition

View an animated recap of a recently published systematic review and meta-analysis that summarized some of the effects of ONS on catch-up growth for children aged 9 months to 12 years with undernutrition. Outcomes analyzed were changes in height, weight, body mass index, age, and sex-specific Z-scores and percentiles.

Young Child Nutrition: Knowledge and Surveillance Gaps Across the Spectrum of Feeding

Read a paper comparing differences in pediatric dietary intake and recommendations—identifying both knowledge gaps and surveillance gaps to be filled. Parental perceptions, feeding challenges, and nutrition challenges are also discussed.

Reverri EJ, Arensberg MB, Murray RD, Kerr KW, Wulf KL. Nutrients. 2022;14(15):3093. doi: 10.3390/nu14153093.

Recommendations for Pediatric Malnutrition Screening in Clinical Practice

Dr Stallings shares how watching for changes in growth trends is part of the standard of care for toddlerhood through adolescence.

Understanding Bioavailability and the Importance of the Growing Child

Learn how micronutrient bioavailability can impact a child's growth and development, factors that influence bioavailability, and how micronutrient dietary intake recommendations are determined using data.

Support Immune Health with a Patient Resource on Good Nutrition

This infographic explains the importance of providing key nutrients from a well-balanced diet to support immune health in children.

Nutrition Needs of Infants and Children with Malnutrition and Faltering Growth

This course defines malnutrition; reviews 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.

Measures to Identify Pediatric Malnutrition: Introduction to Mid-Upper Arm Circumference and Z-Scores

This course helps healthcare professionals describe the validity of the mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) measurement. They will review Z-score calculations and how to interpret results. They will also learn how to accurately take MUAC measurements in pediatric practice. Originally presented at the 2020 Growth Summit in Stockholm, Sweden.

Height & BMI Trajectories of School-Aged Children & Adolescents 

In this 11-minute podcast, Andrea Rodriguez-Martinez, PhD, discusses a study she and her team of researchers published in The Lancet, called “Height & Body-Mass Index Trajectories of School-Aged Children & Adolescents from 1985 to 2019 in 200 Countries & Territories: A Pooled Analysis of 2,181 Population-Based Studies with 65 Million Participants.”

Assessing Body Composition to Optimize Growth

This course helps healthcare professionals identify body composition assessment tools for pediatric patients; discuss the need for early identification of nutritional risk; review nutrition interventions to support catch-up growth; and describe 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.

Assessing Growth and Nutritional Status

In this video, 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 certain aspects of child behavior and the quality of dietary intake can help identify children at risk for suboptimal growth and development.

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