Plan for inpatient care
For triage assessment of children with severe acute malnutrition and management of shock, see Chapter 1. When there is corneal ulceration, give vitamin A, instil chloramphenicol or tetracycline and atropine drops into the eye, cover with a saline-soaked eye pad, and bandage (see Section 7.5.1). Severe anaemia, if present, will require urgent treatment.
General treatment involves 10 steps in two phases: initial stabilization and rehabilitation.