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VALLE, Neiva J.; SANTOS, Iná S. dos  and  GIGANTE, Denise P.. Nutritional interventions and child growth among under-two-year-olds: a systematic review. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2004, vol.20, n.6, pp.1458-1467. ISSN 1678-4464.

The aim of this study was to collect evidence of the impact of nutritional interventions on child growth. A systematic review of the literature on nutritional interventions in under-two-year-old children from 1980 to 2002 was conducted in the electronic databases (MEDLINE, LILACS, and MedCarib). The following descriptors were used: "nutrition", "child", "trial", "intervention", "growth", "infant", "programs", "impact", "counseling", "support", "body height", and "body weight". A complementary search was implemented by screening the bibliography cited in the previously located articles. Fourteen publications were found. The strategies used in the studies included distribution of nutritional supplements and/or nutritional counseling. Publication bias aside, most interventions presented a positive impact on child growth when applied during the first year of life. Nutritional counseling had the additional advantage of improving maternal and health professional practices on child nutrition and feeding.

Keywords : Systematic Review; Infant Nutrition; Child Development.

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