Issues in the height and weight
One of the most notable signs of undernourishment in kids is an issue in their height, weight, or both.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), undernutrition has several sub-forms, including underweight, stunting, and wasting.
- Stunting occurs when the child has a short height for their age. Reports say that stunting holds children back from hitting their physical and even cognitive milestones.
- Wasting happens in kids who have low weight for their height. This severe kind of weight loss often occurs in kids who have not had enough food for an extended period. However, it can also happen in children with illnesses that cause weight loss.
- Underweight denotes low weight for age. Underweight children could be stunted, wasted, or both.
Of course, early undernutrition doesn’t lead to severe stunting or wasting. The first thing that parents will notice is that their child is either losing or not gaining weight.
To make it easier for you to monitor your child’s height and weight, keep a record or chart of their growth. Similarly, check if they are outgrowing their old clothes as they should.
Lack of energy
Another evident sign of undernutrition is a lack of energy.
You see, young children are often energetic. In fact, many parents find it hard to keep their kids still—what with their curious and playful nature.