Checking for nutritional oedema

Checking for nutritional oedema

Nutritional oedema, manifested as bilateral pitting oedema, is a sign of severe acute malnutrition. Nutritional oedema always starts from the feet and extends upwards to other parts of the body. Children with nutritional oedema are at high risk of mortality hence require immediate therapeutic care. This tutorial describes how to check nutritional oedema.   1. Press both feet with thumbs Using both thumbs of your hands, apply normal pressure on top of both feet of the child for about three seconds as shown below. You can estimate three seconds by counting ‘one thousand and one, one thousand and two, one