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Treatment of the Malnourished Child

Essential features of the initial feeding are

Frequent small feeds of low osmolality and low in lactose

Oral or nasogastric feeds (never IV feeds)

100 kcal/kg/day

Protein 1-1.5 gm/kg/day

Liquid: 130 ml/kg/day (100 if child has severe edema)

Continue with breastfeeding but give scheduled amounts of formula first

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