What Are The Symptoms of Kwashiorkor?

Kwashiorkor is a severe form of malnutrition that primarily affects children. Common symptoms of kwashiorkor include:

  • Edema (swelling of the body, especially the belly and legs) due to fluid retention.
  • Fatigue and weakness.
  • Loss of muscle mass.
  • Skin and hair changes, such as dry, brittle hair and skin lesions.
  • An enlarged liver and fatty liver.
  • Irritability and changes in behavior.
  • Difficulty in wound healing.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Stunted growth and developmental delays in children.

Kwashiorkor is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention and nutritional rehabilitation to prevent further complications. If you suspect someone may have kwashiorkor, it’s crucial to seek medical help promptly.