Health Assessment of Children’s Weight

Health Assessment of Children’s Weight

Body measurements can provide a general picture of whether a child is receiving adequate nutrition or is at risk for health issues. These data, however, are just one aspect to be considered. Lifestyle, family history, and cultureamong other factorsare also relevant. That said, gathering and communicating this information can be a delicate process.

For this Discussion, you will consider examples of children with various weight issues. You will explore how you could effectively gather information and encourage parents and caregivers to be proactive about their childrens health and weight.

To prepare:

Consider the following examples of pediatric patients and their families:

Overweight 5-year-old boy with overweight parents

Slightly overweight 10-year-old girl with parents of normal weight

5-year-old girl of normal weight with obese parents

Slightly underweight 8-year-old boy with parents of normal weight

Severely underweight 12-year-old girl with underweight parents

Select one of the examples on which to focus for this Discussion. What health issues and risks may be relevant to the child you selected?

Based on the risks you identified, consider what further information you would need to gain a full understanding of the childs health. Think about how you could gather this information in a sensitive fashion.

Consider how you could encourage parents or caregivers to be proactive toward the childs health.

Post on or before Day 3 an explanation of the health issues and risks that are relevant to the child you selected. Describe additional information you would need in order to further assess his or her weight-related health. Taking into account the parents and caregivers potential sensitivities, list at least three specific questions you would ask about the child to gather more information. Provide at least two strategies you could employ to encourage the parents or caregivers to be proactive about their childs health and weight.

Seidel, H. M., Ball, J. W., Dains, J. E., Flynn, J. A., Solomon, B. S., & Stewart, R. W. (2011). Mosby’s guide to physical examination (7th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby.

Chapter 5, Growth and Measurement

In this chapter, the authors explain examinations for growth, gestational age, and pubertal development. The authors also differentiate growth amongst the organ systems.

Chapter 6, Nutrition

This chapter focuses on how nutrition affects growth, development, and health maintenance. The authors also provide guidelines for assessing nutrient intake.

Chapter 26, Recording Information

This chapter provides rationale and methods for maintaining clear and accurate records. The text also explores the legal aspects of patient records.

LeBlond, R. F., Brown, D. D., & DeGowin, R. L. (2009). DeGowins diagnostic examination (9th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill Medical.

?Chapter 4, Vital Signs, Anthropometric Data, and Pain (pp. 5187)

This chapter explores vital signs, temperature, pulse, respirations, and blood pressure. In addition, the authors discuss body size measurements and pain assessment.

Gibbs, H., & Chapman-Novakofski, K. (2012). Exploring nutrition literacy: Attention to assessment and the skills clients need. Health, 4(3), 120124.

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Health Assessment of Children’s Weight

Health issues and risks; for the slightly underweight 8-year-old boy with parents of normal weight there is a risk of becoming extremely underweight if the cause of the less weight are not identified and addressed in advance. The child may be having a condition that is accountable for the less weight. This should be assessed and treated. Proper nutrition and care are also vital.

Additional information for assessing weight-related health; There is a need to know the weight at which the child was born and whether he has been suffering from any regular or major conditions that could have caused the weight loss (LeBlond, Brown & DeGowin, 2009). If the child was born at a normal weight and them reduced, apart from diseases, he could be feeding improperly.

Specific questions;

  1. Was the child breastfed? For how long did he breastfeed?
  2. What is involved in feeding the child, parent or caregiver?
  3. Are there any foods that the baby cannot feed on?
  4. Is there adequate hygiene when preparing the child’s foods and feeding him? (Seidel et al., 2011).
  5. Does the child have access to clean water?

            The strategies for encouraging the caregivers or parents to be more proactive in the child’s weight and health include educating them on the foods that are essential for normal growth. Since the parents have normal weights, they might have information on proper feeding. This should be assessed and used as the foundation for more education and corrections (Gibbs & Chapman-Novakofski, 2012). This will ensure that the child feeds on a variety of foods and balanced diets. The parents can also be encouraged to feed the child personally, and particularly during the family’s meal times so as to ensure that the child develops interest in feeding himself and is motivated to eat.

References

Gibbs, H., & Chapman-Novakofski, K. (2012). Exploring nutrition literacy: Attention to assessment and the skills clients need. Health, 4(3), 120–124.

LeBlond, R. F., Brown, D. D., & DeGowin, R. L. (2009). DeGowin’s diagnostic examination (9th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill Medical.

Seidel, H. M., Ball, J. W., Dains, J. E., Flynn, J. A., Solomon, B. S., & Stewart, R. W. (2011). Mosby’s guide to physical examination (7th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby.

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