Pediatric Assessment Essay

2739 Words Dec 10th, 2012 11 Pages
Health Problem G.G. is a 16-month Caucasian female who was admitted to the Emergency Room due to an exacerbation of asthma. My client’s mother brought her to the Emergency Room January 14th at 9:30 am due to respiratory distress. My client was running a fever of 101.8 and had been coughing and wheezing for two days and was not showing any signs of improvement. According to Moby’s Pediatric Reference, asthma is a lung disease where there is an obstruction, or inflammation in the airway, airway hyperresponsiveness, or spasm of the bronchial smooth muscle. A flare up, or exacerbation of asthma can be precipitated by allergens, such as mold, animal dander, or dust. Asthma can also be brought on by stress, changes in the season or …show more content…
Her axillary temperature was 98.5 which is with in the normal range. My client’s blood pressure was 127/83, which is above normal. According to Prentice Hall’s Child Health Nursing book by Maryanne Hogan, the normal blood pressure for a one year old is 90/56. The normal blood pressure for a two year old is 91/55. My client’s respirations were 32, which is above the normal range. The normal range of respirations for a one year old is 30 and the normal respirations for a two year old is 25. My clients pulse was 155, which is above the normal range. The normal pulse rate for the age of my client is 120 (Hogan. Pg. 38). My client’s height is 71cm, which puts her at the 90th percentile on the growth chart. My clients weight is or 24.2 pounds, which puts her on the 56 percentile of the growth chart. I did not measure my clients head or abdominal circumference, however the normal measurements for a one year old would be. General Appearance When assessing my client’s general appearance, I noticed her posture was upright and she maintained excellent eye contact, which indicated there was no child abuse. My client showed a variation of symmetrical facial expressions when talking, eating, and crying. My client seemed well nourished as proved by even fat distribution. My client was well kept. Her clothes were neat and clean, and there were no odors indicating poor hygiene. My client was well behaved

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