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|Title:||Childhood malnutrition: an analysis of the effects of nutritional advice.|
|Citation:||The Southeast Asian journal of tropical medicine and public health. Vol.26, No.2 (1995), 286-290|
|Abstract:||An analysis of malnutrition was done in 65 infants and preschool children (18 boys and 47 girls) who were under the third percentile of weight for age. Fifty-seven percent of cases has hematocrits of less than 36%, 7% had hematocrits of less than 30% and two had iron deficiency anemia which improved after iron supplement. Eosinophils of more than 400 cells/mm3 were found in 35% of cases. Eleven percent had eosinophils of more than 1,000 cells/mm3. Parasites were found on stool examination in 12.5% of cases. Bone development was retarded in 39% of 23 cases. In 7 cases with bone development delayed more than 6 months, thyroid function and trace elements were analysed and found to be within normal limits. In 5 cases with delayed bone development and height less than 5 cm/year, growth hormones showed normal levels. Proper nutritional advice resulted in improvement in body weight and height in 57% of cases, tricept skin fold in 73%, bicept skin fold in 60%, arm muscle area in 50% and arm fat area in 29% of cases. Improvement was not associated with family income or education of the people who cared for the patients.|
|Appears in Collections:||Scopus 1991-2000|
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