Reports highlight that it’s not normal for kids to lose weight. Sure, they will lose the plump look they had when they were babies, but remember that they are still growing in height.
The doctor must check any unexplained weight loss in children. It may be a sign that the child is malnourished or on the verge of being malnourished.
Myth 6: Malnutrition is a minor issue
Last on our list of persisting myths about malnutrition is that it is a minor problem. In reality, malnutrition is a global concern that affects billions of people, not just children.
In child health, reports say that it is the single biggest contributor to deaths of kids under the age of 5. This is largely because malnutrition increases the child’s vulnerability to infection while reducing their ability to recover.
Understanding the myths about malnutrition enables people to manage it better to preserve and boost children’s health.
Overall, parents need to remember that malnutrition can occur in kids regardless of their weight, and its effects can extend way beyond physical health.
Additionally, it’ll be helpful to remember that young boys don’t necessarily need more calories than girls and that it’s not normal for kids to lose weight as they grow up.
Learn more about Childhood Malnutrition here.