Perinatal nutrition and immunity to infection.

  title={Perinatal nutrition and immunity to infection.},
  author={Kelsey D J Jones and James A Berkley and John O. Warner},
  journal={Pediatric allergy and immunology : official publication of the European Society of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology},
  volume={21 4 Pt 1},
Epidemiological data provide strong evidence for a relationship between undernutrition and life-threatening infection in infants and children. However, the mechanisms that underlie this relationship are poorly understood. Through foetal life, infancy and childhood, the immune system undergoes a process of functional maturation. The adequacy of this process is dependent on environmental factors, and there is accumulating evidence of the impact of pre- and post-natal nutrition in this regard… CONTINUE READING