Effects of early life nutrition and hygiene on childhood allergies: New insights from the Far East
Studies have shown that several factors contribute to the development of childhood allergy, including genetics, nutrition and the environment (1). In the Far East, rapid urbanization has been linked to increased childhood allergies (2). It is estimated that the lifetime prevalence of eczema among children 6–7 years old in Hong Kong is 30.7% (3). Among children attending nurseries and kindergartens, the prevalence rate of parent-reported adverse food reactions was as high as 8.1% (1).
SEANUTS Indonesia conference results shared
In the search for a better understanding of children’s nutritional and health status in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, Royal FrieslandCampina initiated an in-depth multidisciplinary study in conjunction with reputed institutes/universities, known collectively as the South East Asian Nutrition Surveys (SEANUTS). FrieslandCampina conducted the research along with PERSAGI in Indonesia in the period from January to December 2011. The study involved 7,211 children aged 6 months to 12 year
Publication on sialic acid
The role of sialic acid in infant nutrition has been studied by researchers due to its potential supportive roles in brain development and function, resistance to pathogens, gut maturation and immune function.
Early life microbiota development and respiratory infections
Despite the decreasing trend in childhood mortality rates in the past two decades, death among children less than 60 months old remains high. In 2015 alone, there were 5.9 million deaths among children 5 years old and below, 2.7 million (45.8%) of which occurred in the neonatal period. Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of these deaths, estimated at 0.92 million cases. (1)
Regional SEANUTS conference: Current updates on childhood nutrition & development
The successful Regional SEANUTS Conference on ‘Current Updates on Childhood Nutrition & Development’, co-organised by FrieslandCampina Institute (FCI), Nutrition Society of Malaysia (NSM) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), kicked off a series of important meetings around the region. Held on 6 and 7 November 2012 at the Hilton Sentral Kuala Lumpur, this event marked the regional opening of a series of high level talks and discussion with regards to nutrition status of children in South Ea
The double burden of malnutrition and its long-term consequences in children
In this year’s FrieslandCampina Institute Asia Pacific Symposium held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, eminent speakers and key opinion leaders in paediatric nutrition reviewed the current burden of malnutrition and its long-term consequences, with focus on children in the Asia Pacific region.
Nature vs Nurture – Who Wins?
A write- up of Dr Raman Subramaniam (Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Fetal Medicine and Gynaecological Centre).
Milk fat globules and immune health
Previous evidence has suggested that components of the human milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) provide immunological benefits in the developing infant. Recent research indicates that supplementation with bovine MFGM may confer anti-infective and immunomodulatory factors to infant formula.
SEANUTS: Current updates on childhood nutrition & development in Malaysia
Results from the largest and most extensive nutrition and health study ever done in Southeast Asia have revealed critical nutritional deficiencies among children under age 12 across the region. The South East Asia Nutrition Survey (SEANUTS) of 16,744 children in four of the largest countries in the region − Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia − was presented at a regional conference co-hosted by the Nutritional Society of Malaysia (NSM) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in Malaysia.
Management of cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA) and other gastrointestinal disorders in children
In this year’s FrieslandCampina Institute Asia Pacific Symposium held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, experts in paediatric nutrition reviewed the current status of early life nutrition and the benefits of novel ingredients in formulas for certain conditions, such as CMPA and nutrition-linked gastrointestinal disorders in children.