Because the field of nutrition is actively evolving and creating major new principles in the care of the
pediatric patient, we have embarked on the third edition of this textbook. The editors continue to support
the premise that a comprehensive text as a reference source in pediatric nutrition is essential for the proper care
of infants and children. As medical care in the twenty-first century is predicated on prevention of disease, the
discipline of pediatric nutrition becomes that much more important.
The diagnoses in clinical
medicine of a patient or group in the population
as deviating from the medical definition
of normal. In Foucault’s sociology
the proposition is that concepts of normality
are constructed by state and professional
healing and helping occupations to
facilitate the regulation of the population.
It has been reported worldwide that health problems
caused by environmental pollution disproportionately
affect unborn babies and small children. It is also
known that children go through some developmental
phases that are highly sensitive to certain pollutants.
When unborn and small children go through physical
and mental development, different organs develop at
different times, and as such, some organs are more
sensitive than others to certain materials during
certain developmental phases.