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Addressing child under nutrition: can traditional practices offer a solution?

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Chaturvedi, Sarika, Raven, Joanna ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4112-6959 and Patwardhan, Bhushan (2017) 'Addressing child under nutrition: can traditional practices offer a solution?'. Global Health Action, Vol 10, Issue 1, e1327255.

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Abstract

Child under nutrition continues to be a challenge to global development, especially in resource-poor contexts. In the multifaceted attempts to address this challenge, popular traditional practices, although closely linked to infant health, remain neglected and less researched. The World Health Organization's recent strategy on traditional medicine systems provides overarching guidance in this regard. In this commentary, we attempt to exemplify this. We highlight the importance of traditional child care practices with regard to child nutrition and the need for trans-disciplinary research to explore the potential of these for public health. Infant oil massage appears to be a potentially beneficial practice for child nutrition. Rigorous trans-disciplinary research on traditional infant massage can provide simple solutions to address child under nutrition and nurture human capabilities globally.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > WA 30 Socioeconomic factors in public health (General)
WB Practice of Medicine > Traditional medicine > WB 55.A9 Ayurvedic medicine
WS Pediatrics > Child Care. Nutrition. Physical Examination > WS 115 Nutritional requirements. Nutrition disorders
WS Pediatrics > Child Care. Nutrition. Physical Examination > WS 120 In infancy
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1080/16549716.2017.1327255
SWORD Depositor: JISC Pubrouter
Depositing User: JISC Pubrouter
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2017 13:51
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2019 17:44
URI: https://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/7249

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