What are the Causes and Symptoms of Kwashiorkor


Know the Causes and Symptoms of Kwashiorkor by reading this article from beginning to end attentively.

Causes and Symptoms of Kwashiorkor: Mothers, do you know that you can expose your child to having kwashiorkor if breastfeed him/her lately? Yes, let’s learn together what more are the causes and Symptoms of Kwashiorkor.

Yes, research has it that the main cause of this Kwashiorkor is when a weaning mother suddenly changes from breastfeeding the child to using semi-solid or solid foods which may consist almost entirely of carbohydrates.

Causes and symptoms of kwashiorkor

That’s why to avoid this, the mother of a child should giving the child excessive calorific intake in the form of carbohydrates and concentrate more on giving the child protein and vitamin B12 contained meals which are proven to have high biological value to the child.

Sometimes, mothers think that giving their baby food like eggs, milk, fish, and meat is not good for the child and as such, they don’t give it to that child. But, let me tell you today that your child needs more of proteinous during the very active growth period.

So, therefore, mothers should know from today that a diet that is mostly consisting of carbohydrates will not provide the material needed for the growth of the child. Though if the child is given more carbohydrate food, the child may seem alright. But, the truth is that it will definitely change to developing symptoms of kwashiorkor.

Also, note that when you are not giving that your child adequate protein to help in the child’s growth, you are therefore creating room for the fever to attack your baby which will gradually perve way for kwashiorkor.

Below are the symptoms of Kwashiorkor in a child;

  1. Swollen feet, the face, and the hands with fluid.
  2. Marked changes will be shown on the child’s hair to a white like color.
  3. The child’s hair will slowly lose its curl and the skin will be paler than normal.
  4. The child will show a lack of interest in somethings that he/she was interested in before.
  5. Losing of appetite
  6. The child becomes unhappy and seems to lack energy when crying
  7. The skin becomes dry and flakes off
  8. Skin breaks


So, mother and guardians, it’s now left for you to take advice from what we’ve written above and that will help to prevent your child from getting infected with Kwashiorkor.

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