As per the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, adequate nutrition during infancy is essential for lifelong health and wellbeing. WHO advises that infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health. To meet their evolving nutritional requirements, infants should receive nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods, while continuing to breastfeed for up to two years or more.
SPRIM is actively involved in international partnership that address the topic. We understand the importance of recognising the changing nutritional needs of developing children – from infancy to adolescence. Nutritional recommendations for children vary by age, stage of development, and gender. Understanding these needs is essential, as poor nutritional and bad dietary behaviours learned in children can have a significant impact on adult health, leading to an increased risk of issues such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis.
As well as understanding childhood nutritional needs, every child-dedicated product must ensure safety and efficacy. Research programmes that demonstrate the performance of a product must be conducted to ensure the product supports the correct physiological and psychological development of the child.
SPRIM has expertise in meeting unmet needs in safety and efficacy evaluation. We run international research in the field of: