Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1111/apa.12443
Title: Providing lipid-based nutrient supplements does not affect developmental milestones among Malawian children
Authors: Mangani, C.
Cheung, Y.B. 
Maleta, K.
Phuka, J.
Thakwalakwa, C.
Dewey, K.
Manary, M.
Puumalainen, T.
Ashorn, P.
Keywords: Child development
Complementary feeding
Developmental milestones
Infants and young children
Lipid-based nutrient supplements
Issue Date: Jan-2014
Citation: Mangani, C., Cheung, Y.B., Maleta, K., Phuka, J., Thakwalakwa, C., Dewey, K., Manary, M., Puumalainen, T., Ashorn, P. (2014-01). Providing lipid-based nutrient supplements does not affect developmental milestones among Malawian children. Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics 103 (1) : e17-e26. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1111/apa.12443
Abstract: Aim To assess whether using lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS) to complement the diets of infants and young children affected when they achieved selected developmental milestones. Methods In rural Malawi, 840 6-month-old healthy infants were enrolled to a randomised trial. Control participants received no supplements, others were provided with milk-containing LNS, soy-containing LNS or corn-soy blend (CSB) for 12 months. Outcomes were the age at which they achieved key milestone: motor (walking with assistance, standing and walking alone, running), social (drinking from a cup and eating by themself) and language (saying single comprehensible words and waving goodbye). Results The mean age at which the subjects walked with assistance was 42.5, 42.3, 42.7 and 43.2 weeks in the control, milk-LNS, soy-LNS and CSB groups, respectively (p = 0.748). There were also no significant differences in the mean age at standing alone (45.0, 44.9, 45.1 and 46.3 weeks), walking alone (54.6, 55.1, 55.3, 56.5 weeks), running (64.6, 63.7, 64.8, 65.9 weeks) or any other social or language milestones (each p > 0.10). Conclusion The findings do not support a hypothesis that providing tested formulations and doses of micronutrient-fortified LNS or CSB would have an impact on when young children in rural Malawi achieved selected developmental milestones. © 2013 Foundation Acta Pædiatrica. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Source Title: Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/110234
ISSN: 08035253
DOI: 10.1111/apa.12443
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