What is the management of severe malnutrition?

The management of children with marasmus, kwashiorkor and marasmic kwashiorkor (i.e. severe malunutrition) is very similar and, therefore, can be considered together.

These children are seriously ill and all must be urgently admitted to hospital. The management consists of:

  1. Initial resuscitation
  2. Nutritional rehabilitation
  3. Follow up

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