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Faltering Growth in infants and children

For many different reasons, some children don't grow at the rate they should do. Normal development in childhood is essential for wellbeing as we get older. Achieving normal development starts with nutrition.

Sometimes there is no known cause for faltering growth, and a child just needs extra nutritional support in early life in order to meet their nutritional needs. In other cases, childhood growth can be affected by a number of medical conditions.1,2 In these cases, a child may require medical nutrition to allow them to grow and develop normally. It can be challenging to ensure that children with faltering growth get all the nutrients they need, for example, if feeding and eating are difficult, or because they aren't able to absorb nutrients in the right amounts.

We support children with faltering growth from birth to adolescence and beyond

The power of nutrition

Nutrition is important for all children, but especially for those with conditions that make eating or absorbing nutrients a challenge. Nutricia has been developing products designed for children with faltering growth for over 30 years, which are prescribed by healthcare professionals.

Making sure a child consistently gets the right nutrition has a lot of benefits: it can prevent gastrointestinal problems, speed up recovery from illness, reduce the risk of infection and make hospital stays likely to be shorter.3,4 We believe every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, and we work closely with healthcare professionals and other experts to support children with a wide range of medical conditions.

Achieving normal growth starts with meeting nutritional needs2,3

  1. Mehta et al. JPEN 2013: 37(4):460-481.
  2. Beer et al. Nutr Clin Practice 2015;30:609-624.
  3. Hecht et at. Clin Nutr 2013:34:53-59.
  4. Huysentruyt et al. Nutrition 2013;29 1356-1361.


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