Infants

Infants

An infant refers to a baby in his/her first 28 days after birth. Babies have specific needs. It is crucial that appropriate nutrition and care are provided during this period of life to support the baby's growth and development.


The importance of long chain fatty acids in early life

24 June 2015

Fats are essential constituents of breast milk. They supply the infant with energy, and are also essential for growth and development. Some fatty acids, key components of dietary fats, play an important role in a child’s development...


Increased diversity of food in the first year of life may help protect against allergies

01 July 2014

A broad range of foods in a child’s first year of life may help to prevent the development of allergic diseases. A team of European researchers studied feeding practices by parents in Austria, Finland, France, Germany and Switzerland to measure...


Breastfeeding according to guidelines may help protect children from becoming overweight

13 September 2012

Breastfeeding infants during the first 4-6 months of life may offer some protection against overweight in childhood. This finding comes out of the European-wide study IDEFICS (Identification and prevention of Dietary- and lifestyle-induced health...


Child and adolescent nutrition

08 June 2006

To develop to their optimal potential, it is vital that children are provided with nutritionally sound diets. Diet and exercise patterns during childhood and adolescence may spell the difference between health and risk of disease in later years...