- Inability to feel warm
- Increased wound healing time
- Frequent illnesses and needing more time to recover
- Reduced appetite
And of course, they may show other signs that point out micronutrient deficiencies like night blindness, achy joints and tender bones, bleeding gums, easy bruising, and increased sensitivity to light.
If a child is malnourished in the sense that they consume too many calories, they may become overweight or obese. The most evident sign, in this case, is the child’s excessive weight.
How Can Parents Intervene
What can you do if you spot the signs of undernutrition or malnutrition in children? The following tips will be helpful:
Bring your child to the doctor.
The difference between malnourished and undernourished children typically doesn’t matter – if you spot the signs we have mentioned above, the first thing you must do is bring your child to the doctor.
The pediatrician will check if your child’s height and weight are normal for their age. Moreover, they will accurately assess the child’s Body Mass Index, which determines if they are on the verge of or are already underweight or overweight.
Furthermore, pediatricians can better check the other signs and possible causes of malnutrition.