Right from the ages past, the world has always rewarded acts of genius, creativities, innovations and exceptional results from different fields of human endeavours, cutting across all cultures and races.
Through the efforts of Scientists, it is clearer that such feats cannot be separated from the events of one’s early childhood
Therefore, we have a noble task on our hands to ensure the healthy growth and development of our children.
Hence, there is no other appropriate time to ensure this other than their infantile period; and adequate nutrition, as it relates to age-needs, is the way to go.
Infant refers to the first one year of life.
Growth is the increase in mass and size of a body. It is a rapid stage in infants.
Development is the process where physical, mental and physiological growth occurs.
Nutrition is the process of nourishing or being nourished
Breast Milk Substitutes is any food that is being marketed or represented as a total or partial replacement for breast milk
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Metabolic Stress When metabolic stress develops, hormonal and metabolic changes subdue the immune system’s ability to protect the body. This activity is further depressed if impaired nutritional status accompanies the metabolic stress
“Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now, is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made and his senses are being developed. To him we cannot answer ‘Tomorrow.’ His name is “Today.”Gabriela Mistral, 1948
Conclusion (Infant’s Healthy Growth)
Ensuring an infant’s healthy growth and development without metabolic stress has adequate nutrition at its core.
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