Effects of interactions among illness, diet, enteropathogens and the home environment on cognitive development
A longitudinal birth cohort study revealed the interaction between infections and illness on cognitive development. Reducing frequency of illness, improving safety and healthfulness of child’s environment as well as improving dietary intake can help supporting cognitive development.
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Targeting of interventions to improve cognitive development should include a focus on reducing frequency of illness, improving the safety and healthfulness of the child’s environment, and improving dietary intake.
MAL-ED Network Investigators. Early childhood cognitive development is affected by interactions among illness, diet, enteropathogens and the home environment: findings from the MAL-ED birth cohort study. 2018; 3(4): e000752.