Food Intake During and After Recovery from Diarrhea in Children

  • A. M. Molla
  • Ayesha Molla
  • S. A. Sarker
  • M. Mujibur Rahaman


Published work suggests that the “nutritional status” of a child may represent as much the effect of infection as of dietary intake.1,2 A study by Mata and co-workers3 showed that the nutritional status of the children in rural Guatemala was more related to infections than to the availability of food. The same may be true for many other developing countries. That the nutritional consequences of diarrhea are protein-energy malnutrition and growth retardation has been established.4,5 Several factors are involved in this process, among which partial anorexia or loss of appetite, cultural taboos, maternal behavior during diarrhea resulting in withholding of food as a measure to control it, and increased catabolic processes that compound direct loss due to malabsorption are important.


Food Intake Breast Milk Calorie Intake Acute Stage Vervet Monkey 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. M. Molla
    • 1
  • Ayesha Molla
    • 1
  • S. A. Sarker
    • 1
  • M. Mujibur Rahaman
    • 1
  1. 1.International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease ResearchDaccaBangladesh

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