Grantham McGregor, Sally M.; Walker, Susan P.; Himes, John H.; Powell, Christine A.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Tropical Metabolism Research Unit
The effect of nutritional supplementation and stunting on morbidity in young children: the Jamaican study
Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Date of Publication
Studies 129 stunted and 21 non-stunted children aged between 9 and 24 months, from poor Kingston neighbourhoods, identified from a house to house survey. The stunted children were randomly assigned to supplementation or no supplementation. Every week for 24 months the mothers were asked about the occurrence of any symptoms of illness. Supplementation had no consistent effect on the incidence or duration of symptoms. The stunted children had significantly more attacks of diarrhoea, fever, anorexia and apathy than the non-stunted children. The difference remained after controlling for social background and previous attacks of diarrhoea. There was also some indication of more severe illness in the stunted than the non-stunted children.....