August 8, 2013
Recently, we had a child admitted to the malnutrition ward with severe Kwashiorkor. The little boy was a child of four but looked to be about 2. He had edema throughout his body and very little appetite. Over the course of a couple days it became apparent that the child would not drink the high energy milk given to him. When given an NG tube the child proceeded to pull it out and continue to refuse the milk. In response IECM’s nutritionist fellow started to make high energy porridge to entice the little boy to eat, yet still he refused.
After continued problem solving the Nutritionist fellow proceeded to create a special diet known as ekitoobero. The child was enrolled in our “meals for mother’s” program and given well balanced meals with a large protein component. Within 2 weeks the child’s edema has disappeared. He has a strong appetite, a lot of energy. The child’s grandmother has been given nutritional counseling and the child is likely to be discharged by next week.
Seeing a child recovering and knowing that you helped is one of the best feelings in the world.
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