Micronutrient supplementation in children with severe acute malnutrition
Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) is defined by a very low weight for height, by visible severe wasting, or by the presence of nutritional oedema. It affects about 20 million children under the age of five. Children with SAM often have micronutrient deficiencies, and these need to be corrected for a successful and complete nutritional recovery.
WHO currently recommends that severely malnourished children receive a routine supplement cocktail of minerals and vitamins. For this reason, commercially available therapeutic milks, ready-to-use therapeutic foods, and rehydration solutions for malnourished children contain a mix of minerals and vitamins. Ready-made vitamin and mineral mixes can also be used in the preparation of local therapeutic foods and rehydration solutions.
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Other guidance documents
Community-based management of severe acute malnutrition
Management of severe malnutrition: a manual for physicians and other senior health workers
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