The effect of modified F-75 on diarrhea in the treatment of children with severe acute malnutrition

Start date: 19 November, 2017 End date: 19 August, 2018 Project type: Master's Thesis (prior to 2018) Project code: A31702 Countries: Uganda Grant recipient: Charlotte Salgaard Nielsen and Trine Guillaume Jensen Total grant: 40,000 DKK



Mortality and morbidity from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) remains a problem among children under five years of age living in especially developing countries. Frequent co-existing infections have been found to aggravate the condition of children with SAM and vice versa. Management of children with SAM and diarrhea is especially challenging due to accompanied fluid alterations and electrolyte disturbances. Despite diarrhea being one of the main complications in the treatment of children with SAM, information on diarrhea associated electrolyte imbalance and the development of refeeding syndrome is still scarce. The aim of this thesis was to examine how blood electrolytes associates with diarrhea and refeeding syndrome at admission and during inpatient treatment of children with SAM.