Marasmus

It is one of the most common malnutrition diseases in children. This condition results in overall energy deficiency.

Cause—

Deficiency of both proteins and calories

Symptoms And Signs—

  • Body weight may be lower than 80% of the normal required weight of the person.
  • Dry and scaly skin
  • Edema
  • Extensive muscle wasting
  • Fretful
  • Highly susceptible to contracting infectious diseases
  • Irritable
  • Loose skin
  • Person looks emaciated
  • The adipose tissue reserves get severely depleted, especially from the buttocks and thighs.
  • Voraciously hungry.

Treatment

  • Providing all the required nutritional supplements
  • Treating dehydration
  • Treating any other infections

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