The Role of Nutrition in Children's Growth and Development at Early Age: Systematic Review

Joaquim Pinto

National University of Timor Loro Sa'e, East Timor

Zulmira da Costa Ximenes

National University of Timor Loro Sa'e, East Timor

Acacio de Jesus

National University of Timor Loro Sa'e, East Timor

Ana do Rosario de Jesus Leite

National University of Timor Loro Sa'e, East Timor

Herminio Noronha

National University of Timor Loro Sa'e, East Timor


Vol: 13, Issue: 4, 2023

Receiving Date: 2023-08-26 Acceptance Date:


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Nutrition is an important part of health and development. Better nutrition is linked to improving the health of babies, children and mothers as well as improving the immune system during safer pregnancy and childbirth, without reducing the risk of non-communicable diseases. The results of the Timor Leste Demographic Health Survey show the infant mortality rate decreased by 1.2 per 1,000 live births (-2.71%) from the previous year. As a result, the infant mortality rate in Timor-Leste reached its lowest figure in 2021 with 43.1 deaths per 1,000 live births. Providing adequate nutrition food for child, they will grow up to be a strong, healthy child who will have perfect brain development so that the child will become intelligent. The function of nutrition for babies and toddlers is so important, so it is necessary to fulfill the nutritional needs of babies and toddlers according to their age

Keywords: Role; Nutrition; Growth; development; child Health


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