Nature vs Nurture – Who Wins?
A write- up of Dr Raman Subramaniam (Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Fetal Medicine and Gynaecological Centre).
Milk fat globules and immune health
Previous evidence has suggested that components of the human milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) provide immunological benefits in the developing infant. Recent research indicates that supplementation with bovine MFGM may confer anti-infective and immunomodulatory factors to infant formula.
SEANUTS: Current updates on childhood nutrition & development in Malaysia
Results from the largest and most extensive nutrition and health study ever done in Southeast Asia have revealed critical nutritional deficiencies among children under age 12 across the region. The South East Asia Nutrition Survey (SEANUTS) of 16,744 children in four of the largest countries in the region − Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia − was presented at a regional conference co-hosted by the Nutritional Society of Malaysia (NSM) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in Malaysia.
Growth standards and nutrition guidelines for infants and young children
When given an optimal start, children from all over the world have the potential to grow in similar patterns. There are always individual differences among children, but across large populations, regionally and globally, the average growth is remarkably similar. Differences in growth of children up to the age of five are more influenced by healthy nutrition, a healthy environment and good health care, than by genetics or ethnicity. Guidelines for healthy eating provide a good reference for hea
Milk fat globules and gut health
The milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) contains many bioactive compounds, including gangliosides and sphingolipids, which appear to be involved in establishing and maintaining gut health. Various types of studies indicate that MFGM fractions may exhibit beneficial properties in the gut. Further studies to investigate these properties in infants are needed to fully clarify the mechanisms involved and to fully determine the clinical relevance of these benefits in neonates.
Are South East Asian children active enough?
A presentation by Dr Sumathi Swaminathan of St John’s Research Institute.
Nutrient needs in the first year of life
The first year of a child’s life is a critical window during which not only the foundations for healthy growth and development are built, but also it determines long term adult health. Adequate infant feeding is a major determinant of health in this period which ensures growth, health and development to their full potential.
Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders in the First 4 years of Life: The New Rome IV Criteria
There are new insights to be gained in the area of functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) in infants and toddlers since the publication of the 2006 Rome III Guidelines. Developed by an international working group fronted by Professor Marc A. Benninga in Rome, Italy, the paediatric diagnostic criteria that were recently updated to the fourth edition will provide further understanding of how FGIDs in children under 5 years of age can be effectively managed.
Insights into child nutritional status and programmes in Malaysia
A presentation by Dr. Khor Geok Lin.
Nutrients for brain development
Brain development is a long term process, with different parts and functions of the brain developing at different time points in childhood. Especially during the first years of life, the brain is undergoing rapid development. During this phase, adequate dietary intake is of special importance for the developing brain, with nutrients like iron, iodine and omega-3 and omega 6 fatty acids playing a vital role.