Health Assessment Regarding Children’s Weight

Week 3 Discussion: Health Assessment of Children’s Weight

Health Assessment Regarding 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 culture—among other factors—are 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 children’s health and weight.

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To prepare for Health Assessment Regarding Children’s Weight:

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 child’s 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 child’s health.

By Day 3 of Health Assessment Regarding Children’s Weight

Post 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 child’s health and weight.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ responses.

By Day 6 of Health Assessment Regarding Children’s Weight

Respond to at least two of your colleagues on 2 different days who selected a different example than you, using one or more of the following approaches:

  1. Suggest additional health risks or issues that could be relevant to the child.
  2. Critique your colleagues’ questions, and suggest how the parents or caregivers might interpret these questions. Provide alternate or additional questions.
  3. Suggest an additional strategy for gathering patient information or promoting proactivity.