How can the history help in the diagnosis of malnutrition?

The following needs to be known:

  1. Is the child still breastfed?
  2. What is the usual diet (type, amount and frequency of feeds or meals)?
  3. What is the child’s appetite like?
  4. Are there any signs of illness, e.g. diarrhoea, vomiting or cough?
  5. The family background (income, parents, carers, abuse)

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