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MALNUTRITION


SUMMARY

In conclusion, many international adoptees are malnourished to some degree at arrival to the United States. Others have endured unrecorded episodes of malnutrition prior to adoption. Even children with measurements greater than the fifth percentile may be undernourished, as demonstrated by the rapid catch-up growth to an appropriate percentile curve. Most children quickly recover weight; height and head circumference growth recovery usually follow. Micronutrient deficiencies and immune function impairments may outlast growth deficits. Long-term, many factors influence whether previously malnourished international adoptees reach their full potential for growth and cognitive development. Those without rapid physical recovery should be evaluated more fully. Some children likely have permanent behavioral or neurocognitive effects from early episodes of malnutrition.

 

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