Do effects of early life interventions on linear growth correspond to effects on neurobehavioural development? A systematic review and meta-analysisThe evidence for combined interventions is growing! In this systematic review and meta-analysis of early life interventions, the authors found that interventions that resulted in effects on linear growth (e.g., nutritional supplementation) were not significantly associated with effects on cognitive, language, or motor development scores. To ensure benefits for linear growth and neurobehavioural development we need to go beyond nutritional supplementation programming and include interventions targeting caregiving behaviour and learning opportunities that support the development of cognitive, language, motor, and social-emotional skills.
Journal: The Lancet Global Health
Web link: https://www.thelancet.com/action/showPdf?pii=S2214-109X%2819%2930361-4