Sickle Baby Observation

Healthy (full-term infants) are born at 37 weeks of gestation and healthy (preterm infants) are born at 34 weeks or later. Weight is the main source of assessing newborn health; full term infants should weigh about 5.5 to 8.5lbs and are 18.5 to 21.5 inches. Infant’s calorie needs are assessed by evaluating their weight, growth rate, sleep/wake cycle, temperature and climate, physical activity, metabolic response to food, and health status or recovery from illness. Length boards and scales are used to assess infant’s physical growth and the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is a growth chart for infants from 0- 36 months old, is organized for each gender presenting their weight for age, length for age, weight …show more content…
The average life expectancy for females with sickle cell anemia is 48 years. Since both my client’s parents has the sickle cell gene, 25 percent of infants with both parents having the gene will inherit it. Statistics showed that the intake of vitamins E and D, folate, calcium, and fiber as %DRI was lower for children of all ages; also, they are the nutrients of most concern. The Intake of vitamin C, protein, vitamin B-12, riboflavin, and magnesium becomes lower and lower with age. Infants with sickle cell need to increase their folate intake by introduces foods like dry beans (like navy beans, red beans, and soybeans), cow peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts; introduces many vegetables, particularly leafy greens (brussel sprouts, cabbage, romaine, spinach, loose-leaf lettuce), peas, okra, beets, broccoli, sweetcorn, and fruits such as blackberries, boysenberries, oranges, plantains, kiwifruit, strawberries, pineapple juice, and orange juice. There is a Hydroxyurea Safety and Organ Toxicity HUSOFT trial offered to infants around the ages of 6 to 24 months who had been diagnosed with homozygous sickle cell anemia regardless of the disease severity. The 20 mg/kg of the treatment hydroxyurea is administered orally as a flavored liquid formulation prepared by liquefying the contents of the hydroxyurea capsules. Then every six months, 5mg/kg is added to reach the maximum amount of dosage which was

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