What is Kwashiorko? Kwashiorkor is caused by lack of proteins in the diet. It usually affects children below five (5) years who stop breast-feeding early and are weaned on foods lacking in proteins.
Signs and Symptoms of Kwashiorko
Hair is thin, scanty, brown and silky. Swelling of the belly, face, hands and feet.
When one presses the swollen part, the impression of the finger remains on the skin for a while.
The skin looks pale.
In extreme cases the skin peels and forms raw wounds.
Growth is retarded.
Child is dull and inactive.
Prevention of Kwashiorko
- – Breastfeed for as long as possible
- – Wean on protein-rich foods such as milk, eggs, fish, legumes and tender meat.