One of the key insights of modern nutritional science is that our health in early life has a huge impact throughout our lives. Nutricia Research considers this insight one of its main R&D pillars.

When infants and children are unwell, for whatever reason, they are more vulnerable and are at increased risk of developing undernutrition

Infancy and early childhood are critical periods of growth and development, and nutritional needs can be differ due to these rapid changes. When infants and children are unwell, for whatever reason, they are more vulnerable and are at increased risk of developing undernutrition, such as it is seen in children admitted to hospital [ 1 Hecht C, Weber M, Grote V, Daskalou E, Dell'era L, Flynn D et al. Disease associated malnutrition correlates with length of hospital stay in children. Clin Nutr. 2014 Jan 11. (Epub ahead of print) , 2 Pawellek I, Dokoupil K, Koletzko B. Prevalence of malnutrition in paediatric hospital patients. Clin Nutr 2008; 27: 72–76. , 3 Joosten KFM and Hulst JM. Prevalence of malnutrition in pediatric hospital patients. Curr Opin Pediatr 2008; 20: 590–596. ].

In order to meet the various nutritional needs of sick children, nutritional products need to be based on sound scientific evidence providing the best solutions in line with the latest scientific research, legislation, and medical recommendations. That is why Nutricia Research has developed a whole range of specialised nutrition for paediatric patients and those with inherited metabolic disorders.

We are passionate about creating age-appropriate and condition-specific nutrition for the youngest and most vulnerable up to adulthood. We partner with paediatricians and other experts in the field to develop options for children experiencing difficulties with conventional food, who have specific diseases and/or who are not growing well. At the basis of our research lies the knowledge that children are not just small adults and that their nutritional needs change as they grow. We are therefore developing dedicated products in the areas of general malnutrition, faltering growth, allergy and metabolic control*.

*The final decision about the use of the feeding options suitable for infants who need special cares due to their medical condition is made by the Healthcare Professionals.