Malnutrition: A Hidden Problem in Hospitalized Children

Gibbons, Troy; Fuchs, George J.
May 2009
Clinical Pediatrics;May2009, Vol. 48 Issue 4, p356
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the concerns over the malnutrition of hospitalized children worldwide. It is noted that children with severe malnutrition also known as protein energy malnutrition (PEM) have increased risk of immune dysfunction and infection given their deficiency in various micronutrients. Malnutrition in children can be classified as primary or secondary malnutrition. The recognition of the anthropometry of children is the first step in the management of malnutrition. It is stated that the severity of malnutrition can be defined by the extent of negative deviation of the anthropometric measurement of children.


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