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Which one of the following statements about children with Kwashiokor is false?  ...

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jessew12 | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 18, 2013 at 11:14 PM via web

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Which one of the following statements about children with Kwashiokor is false?
 
 

a. more susceptible to infections than healthy children   b. have swollen bellies     c. have hair color changes     d. do not grow well     e. all of the above are true  

I read about the kwashiokor and every option above seems to be true, so I choose d

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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 19, 2013 at 6:18 AM (Answer #1)

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Your choice of option d) would be correct because stunted growth is more a symptom of Marasmus. To provide the body with energy Marasmus causes the body to break down its own tissue resulting in low body mass and poor muscle strength and children with this condition are small for their age.

Kwashiokor is a protein-deficient form of malnutrition. Whilst calorie intake may be sufficient for the provision of energy, the lack of protein in the diet causes the symptoms mentioned above such as a distended abdomen, hair discoloration and a weakened immune system. Behavioral milestones may not be reached and mental retardation may occur. Children may however

grow to normal height but are abnormally thin.

 

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