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Developmental delay and malnutrition

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Didier A Dequatre

Volunteer Physiotherapist - Women & Children’s Hea

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6 Jul 2017, 07:53

To what extent and through w hat means can child’s neurological potential and physical growth be improved in settings where chronic under-nutrition is prevalent?

Are there effective models for interventions related to neuro-developmental delay, and are these models feasible for implementation on emergency nutritional context?

With regard

Jay Berkley

University of Oxford

Technical expert

3 Oct 2017, 14:01

Hi Didier

You have posted in the malnutrition under 6 months section. There is very little evidence for the impact of interventions on neurodevelopment in relation to malnutrition in this age group. It is also difficult to assess at this age and children would need to be assessed at an older age to determine impact. Broadly, the things that are likely to be important are: social environment, bonding and stimulation; nutrition; and inflammation and infections. Tackling these issues is already being done, but could be expanded, especially in emergency settings.

This article gives a good grounding: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/139/Supplement_1/S12.long

Didier A Dequatre

Volunteer Physiotherapist - Women & Children’s Hea

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5 Oct 2017, 08:49

Dear Jay Berkley
thank you for your comments regarding my post, as well as for the resource and information.
Regards

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