Protein malnutrition, or kwashiorkor, is mostly found in geographical areas with limited food. Although it is seen in children whose diets are low in protein and calories, the cause is unknown.
Delayed growth in children, changes in skin and hair color, a swollen belly, and frequent infections are symptoms.
Treatment for kwashiorkor may include a slow increase in calories followed by an increase in protein.
Last Updated Jun 13, 2017