Young Child Nutrition: Knowledge and Surveillance Gaps across the Spectrum of Feeding
The first 1,000 days is a critical window to optimize nutrition. Young children, particularly 12–24 month-olds, are an understudied population. Young children have unique nutrient needs and reach important developmental milestones when those needs are met. Intriguingly, there are differences in the dietary patterns and recommendations for young children in the US vs. globally, notably for breastfeeding practices, nutrient and food guidelines, and young child formulas (YCFs)/toddler drinks. This perspective paper compares these differences in young child nutrition and identifies both knowledge gaps and surveillance gaps to be filled. Parental perceptions, feeding challenges, and nutrition challenges are also discussed. Ultimately, collaboration among academia and clinicians, the private sector, and the government will help close young child nutrition gaps in both the US and globally.
© Reverri EJ, Arensberg MB, Murray RD, Kerr KW, Wulf KL. Young Child Nutrition: Knowledge and Surveillance Gaps across the Spectrum of Feeding. Nutrients. 2022; 14(15):3093. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu14153093