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Water requirements of malnourished children in extreme hot and dry environments

Author: Jacqueline Conduah Birt
Year: 1999
Resource type: Research

An MSc thesis studying water turnover in SAM children in Tchad which followed the indentification of many children with hypernatraemic dehydration and recorded deaths from "convulsions" which the staff had not diagnosed but assumed were due to encephalitis/menigitis.

Water turnover was 1/3 of body water per day. The study raises the question of whether in the Sahara there is sufficient water in breast milk for infants.

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