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Asian Journal of Clinical Nutrition
  Year: 2018 | Volume: 10 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 47-57
DOI: 10.3923/ajcn.2018.47.57
Management of Moderate Acute Malnutrition: Comparison of Different Approaches
Pragati Chaudhary , Mukta Agrawal and Rameshwar Lal Suman

Moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) is defined as weight-for-height (WFH) between >-3 to <-2 SD. The MAM remains unidentified if height is not recorded regularly during growth monitoring. These unidentified MAM children suffer from dietary inadequacy as well as infection. If not treated timely and properly, may turn into severe acute malnutrition (SAM) which aggravates the situation. There is lacuna of proper guidelines for MAM management as compared to SAM. The nutritional needs of MAM and SAM children are different. There is need to assess the existing literature on MAM management. Various studies were reviewed for the management of MAM with various approaches such as management of MAM with nutritional counselling, along with provision of dietary supplements and management of MAM with dietary supplementation only. Nutrition education definitely improves the knowledge and practices of mothers and help in the recovery of MAM children. All type of supplementary food help to recover MAM child, however Lipid based ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTF)/ready-to-use supplementary food (RUSF) has better recovery rate than locally produced corn soy blend (CSB). Supplementation and counselling when used together have shown most significant improvement in the nutritional status of MAM children.
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Pragati Chaudhary, Mukta Agrawal and Rameshwar Lal Suman, 2018. Management of Moderate Acute Malnutrition: Comparison of Different Approaches. Asian Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 10: 47-57.

DOI: 10.3923/ajcn.2018.47.57






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