Infant Assessment

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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…
She was breastfed from birth to seven months old; at the age of seven months, the mother introduced her to solid foods such as rice cereal which is hypoallergenic. After asking the mother if the infant appears to be overweight, underweight, just right, and short, the mother replied with she strongly believes the infant in just right. My client is in the 25th percentile for length meaning she is taller than 25 percent of female infants her age and her weight fall between the 10th and 25th percentile. In the last six months, the nine months infant was found to be anemic (low blood iron). The infant was medically diagnosed with sickle cell anemia; she was prescribed medications such as Penicillin and Potassium until my client turns five years of age and Folic acid (vitamin) for the rest of her life. After asking the mother about the infant’s activity level, the mother response was “She is not old enough to walk independently but does brace herself upon things such as tables and couches.” The infant is currently participating in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and Medicaid program and receives her nutrition services through …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

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