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Summary Marasmus and Keratomalacia are two conditions that occur due to malnutrition of infants, most commonly found in undeveloped countries. They are both caused due to vitamin A deficiency and not enough absorption of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids. These occur often in infants who aren’t given the proper nutrients from day one of their life because the families either have too many children and cannot give the proper nutrients to each child, or simply just can’t even care for one child. Marasmus is condition that makes the body very frail and skinny to a point where you can easily see the rib cage protruding in the child. The infant sometimes loses brain growth which disrupts the functions and also stunts their growth. Marasmus is usually started before the infant reaches the age of 1. The child also has loose skin because of the rapid body weight loss and also can have rectal prolapse which is very irritable. This condition is mostly due to the protein-energy deficiency which can stunt protein synthesis
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course NUTR 301 taught by Professor . during the Spring '08 term at Pepperdine.

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