Overcoming Malnutrition In Children Aged 1 Year?

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What can cure malnutrition in babies? 1 year old weighs only 6 kg?

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Hello Ikha, thank you for the question to HealthReplies.com

6 kilograms of weight is considered very low for a 1 year old child (already under the red bottom line on the growth curve). However, the diagnosis of malnutrition cannot be made only from body weight, it must be seen also the overall nutritional status of children (should be compared with the child's body length). If indeed the weight curve for body length also shows a low number (less than the standard deviation of -3 or less than 70% of the median), then the new child can be said to experience malnutrition.


In your case, if a 1-year-old child has a very low body weight below the red line of growth curve, then the child must be immediately consulted by a pediatrician. The doctor will first evaluate whether the child is experiencing malnutrition or not. The doctor will also look at the possibility of certain complications that can occur in children with poor nutrition (for example the possibility of dehydration, hypoglycemia, hypothermia, electrolyte disturbances, and severe infections). Afterwards the child's condition must be evaluated thoroughly starting from feeding the child to the presence or absence of certain diseases that cause weight gain disorders in children. Management for children with severe growth disorders like this cannot be done alone, therefore you should IMMEDIATELY bring your child to the pediatrician.


For now, you can make sure your baby gets enough to drink, give milk or formula for children. In addition, you also have to make sure your child gets enough MPASI and is well-nourished. Make sure the completeness of the MPASI you provide. MPASI must contain carbohydrates, protein (whether animal or vegetable), and sufficient fat. Make sure you don't delay taking your child to the pediatrician so that there is no further growth and developmental disruption in the child.

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