The first 1000 days of a child's life, spanning from the time of conception until 2 years of age, are a unique period of laying down the foundations of optimum health, growth, and development across the lifespan. However, the first 1000 days are also a period of enormous vulnerability. How mothers and children are cared for during this crucial time has a profound influence on a child's ability to grow, learn, and thrive.1 The role of the first 1000 days of life is well-described. However, investments in this key period are scarce and the provision of adequate health care services id insufficient. The aim of this report is to further raise the attention of decision-makers and health care officers and professionals, including pediatricians, pediatric surgeons, obstetricians, nurses, midwives, dieticians, and lactation consultants, on the importance of investing in health care services to support and empower parents and families during a most critical period of their children's life. In particular, we encourage the adoption of integrated strategies to establish adequate preventive efforts and a perspective shift to strengthen or develop where lacking, efficient health care services dedicated to the first 1000 days of life as the first line of prevention.

The Importance of Strengthening Mother and Child Health Services during the First 1000 Days of Life: The Foundation of Optimum Health, Growth and Development

Indrio F
Investigation
;
Dargenio VN
Investigation
;
Marchese F
Investigation
;
Giardino I
Investigation
;
Pettoello-Mantovani M.
2022

Abstract

The first 1000 days of a child's life, spanning from the time of conception until 2 years of age, are a unique period of laying down the foundations of optimum health, growth, and development across the lifespan. However, the first 1000 days are also a period of enormous vulnerability. How mothers and children are cared for during this crucial time has a profound influence on a child's ability to grow, learn, and thrive.1 The role of the first 1000 days of life is well-described. However, investments in this key period are scarce and the provision of adequate health care services id insufficient. The aim of this report is to further raise the attention of decision-makers and health care officers and professionals, including pediatricians, pediatric surgeons, obstetricians, nurses, midwives, dieticians, and lactation consultants, on the importance of investing in health care services to support and empower parents and families during a most critical period of their children's life. In particular, we encourage the adoption of integrated strategies to establish adequate preventive efforts and a perspective shift to strengthen or develop where lacking, efficient health care services dedicated to the first 1000 days of life as the first line of prevention.
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