Severe acute malnutrition
You need to identify children with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) and provide counselling, nutrition education and support to the family.
A child has MAM if they have wasting (loss of muscle and fat) but not severe wasting.
In children between 6 months and 5 years, moderate wasting is:
Classify any children with nutritional oedema (swelling of both legs) as having severe (not moderate) acute malnutrition, regardless of the MUAC and the weight-for-height score.
Find out why the child is malnourished.
Manage MAM by improving nutrition and treating any illness.
You also need to monitor the malnourished child’s weight closely. This can usually be managed from the clinic, but home visits might be necessary.
Also provide food packages and supplements in line with local policies.