Sunday, March 7, 2010

Relationship Between Diarrhea and Malnutrition

1. Malnutrition increase the risk and severity of diarrhea due to:
- Diarrhea lasted longer in children with malnutrition
- Dehydration and weight loss is more common in children who lack
- Risk of death from dehydration is 15-20 times greater in children who
malnutrition than in healthy children

2. Diarrhea can cause or exacerbate a mild form of malnutrition because:
- Diarrhea leads to poor absorption of food in the intestines
- Diarrhea often causes decreased appetite
- Many women do not provide enough food to children during diarrhea because
belief that increased food intake will aggravate diarrhea.

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