Special Issue "Nutrients in Infancy"
A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2016)
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Dr. Mi Kyung Lee
School of Health Professions, Murdoch University, 90 South St, Murdoch WA 6150, Australia
Interests: nutrition education; nutrition in a multicultural society; infant nutrition; public health nutrition
Assoc. Prof. Masaharu Kagawa
Institute of Nutrition Sciences, Kagawa Nutrition University, 3-9-21 Chiyoda, Sakado, Saitama 350-0288, Japan
Interests: nutrition requirements for exercise; body composition of infants; children and adults; public health nutrition
Infants are not just small adults; they have a complex set of nutrient requirements and interactions to account for the high metabolic rate, growth, immunological and cognitive development, etc. Each year there are 138 million births, including 30 million from the least developed countries, where health is most at risk. Nutrition during infancy establishes growth patterns and development which moderate short term and long term health and life expectancy. There is continuing progress in understanding the nutrient composition of breastmilk and the importance nutritious and timely complementary foods. Nutrients at particular risk in the first years of life are iron, iodine, and vitamins A and D. There are still gaps in our knowledge on the influence of maternal diet, body composition and nutritional status on breastmilk nutrients. Interaction of nutrients with the human microbiome and gastro-intestinal tract hormonal secretion are developing fields. While breastmilk remains the “gold standard of pediatric nutrition”, the provisions of nutrients providing for optimal health in infant formulae, including nutrients and probiotics remains an area of research. The assessment of body composition for research and clinical practice has progressed rapidly and is important in understanding later obesity. After six months of age, there are new issues of the interaction of weaning foods and later family foods with the maturing gastro-intestinal tract to promote health and growth. Infant nutrition is made more difficult (and interesting) by the many cultural beliefs related to feeding practices. Developments in all of these fields of research into pediatric nutrition will be explored in this special issue together with state of the art reviews.
This Special Issue of Nutrients will focus on aspects of nutrition related to infancy, from birth until two years of age. We welcome the submission of manuscripts describing original research, meta-analyses or reviews of the scientific literature relating to infant nutrition. We look forward to your submissions and a thoughtful discussion of contemporary issues in nutrition of infancy across a spectrum of different cultures.
Prof. Colin Binns
Dr. Mi Kyung Lee
Assoc. Prof. Masaharu Kagawa
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Growth and protein
Obesity in infancy
Micronutrients in infancy
Breastfeeding and nutrition
Nutrition education for infancy
Culture and nutrient intake