Promoting Infant Health: Article Analysis

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Promoting Infant Health The topic promoting infant health in Caucasians is all about describing different ways you can make sure your infant gets the best care possible. Providing great care to infants relies on their eating habits, mother’s knowledge and understanding, and primary preventions the infant receives. This topic is important for health promotion because the infants that are raised today will carry on their health habits. Ensuring that infants are healthy and instilling healthy habits in them will cause a good turn around for the future population. The project, promoting infant health, relates to the Healthy People 2020 topic “Maternal, Infant, and Child Health” by discussing ways to promote the well-being of infants including: …show more content…
“Nurses play a vital role in promoting and supporting optimal breastfeeding practices in infants and young children” (Bomer-Norton, 2014). This article analysis’s the eight-part Walker & Avant method. The purpose of this analysis is to provide better evidence of the concept of breastfeeding and how it is valued as a public health intervention and describes the nurse’s role in breastfeeding. An infant should be breastfed during the first hour after it is born, the term for this is early breastfeeding initiation. The reasoning for this is because the mother produces very important nutrients at the first lactation and it is important that the baby receive those nutrients to optimize its health. When a nurse is teaching their patients about breastfeeding the nurse should include the benefits which include: maternal health benefits, child health benefits, bonding, child growth and development, and family and community benefits (Bomer-Norton, 2014). The main child health benefit is the immunologic protection that breastmilk provides (Bomer-Norton, …show more content…
This syndrome is a primary negative effect of substance use during pregnancy. NAS is a generalized disorder that is observed in infants who are experiencing opiate withdrawals (McQueen, 2015). McQueen lists the signs and symptoms of NAS, they are as follows: sneezing, yawning, stuffy nose, sweating, fever with increased tear secretion, mottling, high pitched cry, tremors, irritability, and increased muscle tone (2015). The study done in this article was done to evaluate the presence of NAS and the types of substance use during pregnancy. Also, to determine if the presentation of NAS symptoms are different based on exactly what substance was used during pregnancy. “In the United States approximately 4.4% of pregnant women abuse 1 or more substances during pregnancy with higher rates reported among women ages 15-17 years” (McQueen, 2015). Referring to McQueen, substance abuse that is done during pregnancy it can have many negative effects on the unborn child, this includes higher rates of growth retardation, behavior deficits, prematurity, attention and cognition, neonatal mortality and morbidity, and NAS (2015). Nurses should use this information to education their patients on all of the harm that can be caused to the

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