Malnutrition

  • Alternative Names

    Nutrition - inadequate


    Treatment

    Treatment usually consists of replacing missing nutrients, treating symptoms as needed, and treating any underlying medical condition.


    Support Groups


    Expectations (prognosis)

    The outlook depends on the cause of the malnutrition. Most nutritional deficiencies can be corrected. However, if malnutrition is caused by a medical condition, that illness has to be treated in order to reverse the nutritional deficiency.


    Complications

    If untreated, malnutrition can lead to mental or physical disability, illness, and possibly death.


    Calling your health care provider

    Discuss the risk of malnutrition with your health care provider. Treatment is necessary if you or your child have any changes in the body's ability to function. Contact your health care provider if the following symptoms develop:

    • Fainting
    • Lack of menstruation
    • Lack of growth in children
    • Rapid hair loss