They may have lower grades because of bouts of illnesses that cause them to miss classes. Remember that undernutrition makes them vulnerable to infections like diarrheal diseases; it also significantly increases their recovery and wound healing time.
Other signs of undernutrition
Undernourished kids may also show other signs, including:
- Brittle or thin hair
- Dry skin
- Nail cracks
- Peeling skin
- Swollen extremities
- Inability to keep warm
How Can Parents Intervene
The treatment for undernutrition depends on how severe it is. For example, severe wasting can be life-threatening, and often, kids will not have the strength to eat. To treat it, the doctor will admit the child to the hospital and give them intravenous or tube feedings.
However, if we catch the signs of undernutrition early on, we will most likely prevent a severe case. The doctor may advise you to:
Keep track of your child’s diet
Ensuring that kids eat the right kinds of foods at the right time prevents undernourishment. The “right kind” means that they eat various foods: fruits and veggies, whole grains, lean meat, and dairy. “Right time” often means 3 main meals and healthy snacks in between.