What are the manifestations of zinc deficiency in children

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What are the manifestations of zinc deficiency in children and how is it diagnosed? In addition to signs and symptoms, please suggest treatments too. Thanks!

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Zinc deficiency in children
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ZINC DEFICIENCY

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Zinc deficiency

Zinc deficiency refers to the condition where the body lacks enough zinc for normal body
functions. Zinc is an essential trace element in the body. Total body levels considered normal are
averagely 2 grams (Mashhadi et. al, 2017). The daily requirement for children is approximately
3.7 – 6.9 milligrams. It has various functions in the body. First, it is a major component of many
enzymes that accelerate metabolic processes in the body. Secondly, it prevents lipid peroxidation
which in turn reduces harmful radicals that can destroy normal cells. Thirdly, it has been found
to play a key role in the healing of wounds and immunity. It is obtained from the diet and
absorbed majorly in the jejunum. Transport across the intestinal wall is carrier mediated. Zinc
deficiency can be due to reduced amounts in the diet, interruption of normal absorption,
increased loss from body, and increased demand in the body (Kliegman et. al, 2011). Zinc
deficiency in childhood is a major cause of ailment and death due to the association with other
nutritional deficiencies.
In children zinc deficiency symptoms are numerous. The common signs and symptoms
often observed include loss of appetite, delayed achievement of milestones, and poor immunity.
The bodily systems often affected are the gastrointestinal system, central nervous system,
musculoskeletal system, and the immunological system. In the gastrointestinal system...

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