A Paediatrician, Dr. Uche Anene-Nzelu, says malnourishment can cause severe issues for children, including malaria, measles and pneumonia.
Anene-Nzelu, who works at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos.
According to her, malnutrition occurs when a child does not take adequate nutrition required by the body.
She said malnourishment could create an additional problem and burden for the child already suffering from malnutrition.
The paediatrician also told NAN that malnutrition in children could start from when the mother was pregnant, saying that when this occurs, some organs of the child’s body could be at risk of not developing properly.
Anene-Nzelu said: “The impact is more from when the mother is pregnant to about two years of the child’s life.
“So, you hear people talking about the first 1,000 days of life; 270 days from when the child is in the womb to about 730 days of the first two years of life.
“These are the points where you have significant far-reaching impact even unto adulthood.
“If the mother is not properly managed as well, brain development, kidney development can also pose problem.”
Anene-Nzelu said another major issue that could arise from malnutrition in children was stunted growth.