Infancy and early childhood are critical periods of growth and development, when nutritional needs can be very high due to these rapid growth changes. When infants and children are unwell, for whatever reason, they are more vulnerable and are at increased risk of developing undernutrition, such as is seen in children admitted to hospital.[1,2] In order to meet the various nutritional needs of these children, products need to be based on sound scientific evidence providing the best solutions in line with latest scientific research, legislation, and medical recommendation.
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- Gibbons T, Fuchs GJ. Malnutrition: A hidden problem in hospitalized children. Clinical Pediatrics 2009;48:356-361.