Meeks Gardner, Julie; Powell, Christine A.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Caribbean Child Development Centre
Early childhood malnutrition, behaviour, maternal-child interactions and mental development
Caribbean childhoods: From research to action: Journal of the children's issues coalition
Date of Publication
The authors present a brief review of the behaviour and development of undernourished children, from various international studies, and describe studies with severely malnourished and stunted children in Jamaica. They clearly demonstrate that severely malnourished babies had altered behaviours and poor development, and showed that psychosocial stimulation benefited their concurrent and later performance. This implies that stimulation should be an integral part of their treatment. The authors also found that stunted children's development improves with nutritional supplementation and with play programmes, but does best with combined interventions. Stimulation programmes should, therefore, be integrated with nutrition and health interventions in young undernourished children to benefit the children's development along with their physical health.....