Malnutrition

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Prenatal development
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Prenatal Development

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Please note that some children can suffer from more than one form of malnutrition — such as stunting and overweight or stunting and wasting. There are currently no joint global or regional estimates for these combined conditions, but UNICEF has a country-level dataset with country level estimates, where re-analysis was possible. Prevalence of stunting, wasting and overweight among children under 5 is estimated by comparing actual measurements to an international standard reference population.

The new standards are the result of an intensive study project involving more than 8, children from Brazil, Ghana, India, Norway, Oman and the United States. Overcoming the technical and biological drawbacks of the old reference population, the new standards confirm that children born anywhere in the world and given the optimum start in life have the potential to reach the same range of height and weight.

The new standards should be used in future assessments of child nutritional status. It should be noted that because of the differences between the old reference population and the new standards, prevalence estimates of child anthropometry indicators based on these two references are not readily comparable.

It is essential that all estimates are based on the same reference population preferably the new standards when conducting trend analyses. Before conducting trend analyses of child nutritional status, it is important to ensure that estimates from various data sources are comparable over time. For example, household surveys in some countries in the early s only collected child anthropometry information among children up to 47 months of age — or even up to only 35 months of age.

Prevalence estimates based on such data only referred to children under 4 or under 3 years of age and are not comparable to prevalence estimates based on data collected from children up to 59 months of age. Some age adjustment needs to be applied to make these estimates based on non-standard age groups comparable to those based on the standard age range. For more information about age adjustment, please click here to read a technical note.

In addition, prevalence estimates need to be calculated according to the same reference population. For more information about the difference between the two references and its implications, please click here to read a series of questions and answers. When data collection begins in one calendar year and continues into the next, the survey year assigned is the one in which most of the fieldwork took place.

For example, if a survey was conducted between 1 September and 28 February , the year would be assigned, since the majority of data collection took place in that year i.

This method has been used since the edition prior to that, the latter year was used by default — e. As of the edition, the country-level dataset used to generate the global and regional joint malnutrition estimates is based only on final survey results.

Preliminary survey results are no longer included in the dataset since the data are sometimes retracted or change significantly when the final version is released. Country-level progress in reducing undernutrition prevalence is evaluated by calculating the average annual rate of reduction AARR and comparing this to the AARR needed in order to achieve targets.

Estimation of regional and global trends is based on a multilevel modelling method see de Onis et al. For the most recent trend analysis, a total of data points from countries over the period to were included in the model.

This set of trend data points was jointly reviewed by UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank Group in January to ensure that it is nationally representative of under-five children, processed using standard algorithms and comparable vertically and horizontally. Global and regional trend modelling and graphing were carried out using SAS the country-level data set and analysis code are available on request.

Each circle represents a prevalence estimate from a country for one survey. The size of the circle is proportional to the under-five population in that country for the average of all survey years. The solid line indicates the regional trend as modelled on all the available data points in the region. Explanation as to why trends are shown for stunting and overweight but only most current estimate for wasting and severe wasting: Prevalence estimates for stunting and overweight are relatively stable over the course of a calendar year.

It is therefore possible to track global and regional changes in these two conditions over time. Wasting and severe wasting are acute conditions that can change frequently and rapidly over the course of a calendar year. This makes it difficult to generate reliable trends over time with the input data available, and as such, this report provides only the most recent global and regional estimates for the JME edition.

These data are collected infrequently every 3 to 5 years in most countries and measure malnutrition at one point in time e. Footnotes on population coverage As started in the edition, a separate exercise was conducted to assess population coverage. This was important in order to alert the reader, via footnotes, to instances where the data should be interpreted with caution due to low population coverage defined as less than 50 per cent. A conservative method was applied looking at available data within mutually exclusive five-year periods around the projected years.

Population coverage was calculated as:. Prevalence thresholds for wasting, overweight and stunting in children under 5 years. Manuscript submitted for publication. Malnutrition rates remain alarming: Percentage of children under 5 who are stunted, In three regions, stunting affects one in every three children Percentage of children under 5 who are stunted, Percentage of children under 5 who are stunted, by region, to Globally, stunting declined from one in three to just under one in four between and Percentage of children under 5 who are stunted, by region, to Between and , the number of stunted children under 5 worldwide declined from million to million.

At the same time, numbers have increased at an alarming rate in West and Central Africa - from Number millions of children under 5 who are stunted, by region, and Percentage of children under 5 in millions who are overweight, by region, to The prevalence of overweight under-fives has increased significantly between and in Eastern Europe and Central Asia Percentage of children under 5 in millions who are overweight, by region, to Number of children under 5 in millions who are overweight, by region, to The number of overweight under-fives has increased significantly between and in Eastern Europe and Central Asia Number of children under 5 in millions who are overweight, by region, to The prevalence of wasting in South Asia is so severe, at Percentage of children under 5 who are wasted, by region, Map Disclaimer These maps are stylized and not to scale and do not reflect a position by UNICEF on the legal status of any country or territory or the delimitation of any frontiers.

The final status of Jammu and Kashmir has not yet been agreed upon by the parties. The final boundary between the Sudan and South Sudan has not yet been determined.

J Prev Med Public Health. A Randomized Controlled Trial. No known deficiencies of vitamin E have been described in healthy term infants fed human milk. Vitamin E supplements for mothers and their breastfed babies are not indicated. Ruth Lawrence in Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession , 7th ed. The supplementation of fluoride in the diet of a healthy breastfed infant is no longer recommended by the AAP.

Evidence supports the contention that there is adequate fluoride in human milk, and fluorosis from excessive amounts is a concern.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that fluoride supplements only be given after 6 months, and only to children whose primary water source is deficient in fluoride. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is slightly more conservative, suggesting that the caries risk to the individual child also be considered: Many city water systems add fluoride to the water. Fluoride occurs naturally in most water, so you really need to know how much fluoride is in your water before you decide whether to supplement.

After you know how much fluoride is already in your drinking water and determine whether your child is at high risk for developing cavities, you can decide whether fluoride supplementation might be beneficial.

Fluoride Supplements from AskDrSears. Evidence-based clinical recommendations on the prescription of dietary fluoride supplements for caries prevention: J Am Dent Assoc.

Journal search on Fluoride and Human Milk. Folic acid deficiency has not been reported in breastfed, full-term infants, and supplements are not recommended. Vitamin K is needed for proper blood clotting, and a deficiency of this vitamin causes a syndrome called Vitamin K deficiency bleeding VKDB.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:. A delay of administration until after the first feeding at the breast but not later than 6 hours of age is recommended.

A single oral dose of vitamin K should not be used, because the oral dose is variably absorbed and does not provide adequate concentrations or stores for the breastfed infant. Niacin deficiency in breastfed infants in developed countries is extremely rare, and no supplementation is recommended.

Healthy full-term breastfed babies do not need additional zinc past what they get from breastmilk and after months from complementary foods. Good sources of zinc include meat especially red meat and yogurt. Signs of a mild zinc deficiency include: Low birth weight, small for gestational age and premature infants are at risk for zinc deficiency. Nutrient Information from the the American Society for Nutritional Sciences includes current information on food sources, diet recommendations, deficiencies, toxicity, clinical uses, recent research and references for further information for many micro- and macronutrients.

American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Nutrition. Fluoride supplementation for children: Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk. American Academy of Pediatrics. Calcium Requirements of Infants, Children, and Adolescents. Pediatrics Nov; 5 Pt 1: Do breastfed infants need supplemental vitamins? In conclusion, in healthy, breastfed infants of well-nourished mothers, there is little risk for vitamin deficiencies and the need for vitamin supplementation is rare. The exceptions to this are a need for vitamin K in the immediate newborn period and vitamin D in breastfed infants with dark skin or inadequate sunlight exposure.

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