Identify and describe any risks and consider what further information you would need to gain a full understanding of the child’s health.
Health Issues and Risks Explanation:
The 8-year-old overweight male foster child is at risk of various health problems due to his weight. Obesity can cause various health problems, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, joint pain, and sleep apnea. Furthermore, the child may experience social and psychological issues such as low self-esteem, bullying, and depression.
Additional Data Required to Assess Weight-Related Health:
Further information, such as the child’s height, weight, and BMI, would be required to assess the child’s weight-related health (BMI). Other factors to consider include the child’s eating habits, level of physical activity, and family history of obesity and related diseases.
Identify and describe any risks, and think about what additional information is required:
Given the child’s overweight biological parents, he may be genetically predisposed to obesity. Furthermore, environmental factors such as poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle may contribute to his weight. Further information on the child’s medical history, dietary intake, physical activity level, and any underlying medical conditions should be obtained to understand his health entirely. The child’s emotional and psychological state should be assessed to identify potential barriers to behavior change.
Questions to Ask to Gather More Information:
Sensitive questions should be non-judgmental and supportive of gathering more information about the child’s health. Three specific questions that can be asked are as follows:
Can you tell me about the typical daily diet of the child, including snacks and beverages?
How much time does the child spend daily engaging in physical activity or outdoor play?
Is there a family history of obesity, hypertension, or diabetes?
Strategies for Increasing Proactivity:
Education and positive reinforcement could be used to encourage parents or caregivers to be proactive about their child’s health and weight. To begin, workshops or educational materials on healthy eating habits and physical activity could be beneficial. Second, positive reinforcement for positive behavior changes, such as rewarding the child for trying new healthy foods or participating in physical activity, can motivate both the child and the parents to continue making healthy choices.
ASSESSMENT OF NUTRITION IN CHILDREN
Assignment (3–4 pages, not including title and reference pages) :
Assignment: Child Health Case: Include the following:
· An explanation of the health issues and risks that are relevant to the child you were assigned.
· Describe additional information you would need in order to further assess his or her weight-related health.
· Identify and describe any risks and 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.
· 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.
8 year old overweight male foster child with normal weight foster parents and overweight biological parents