Kwashiorkor is caused due to the protein calorie deficiency. This is caused when the mother gives ‘Roti’ (carbohydrates) to the baby and cannot provide him proteinized milk. The main cause of this disease is the deficiency of protein and energy.


It makes children listless and miserable. Their skin cracks and become scaly. Their abdomens swell and their hair become reddish.



The disease can be cured by giving sufficient amount of protein-rich diet e.g. wheat, gram, groundnuts, soybean and jaggery or a diet with animal protein.