This week you will be working on assessment tools and diagnostic tests as well as health risk concerns
- 7 year old severely underweight Hispanic female in 2nd grade who lives with her overweight mom during the week and her normal weight father on the weekends.
You are allowed to make up information regarding the details of the case, medications, vital signs and development of the suggested case.
Requirements: 3-4 pages
- Based on the risks you identified, 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.
- Consider how you could encourage parents or caregivers to be proactive toward the child’s health.
- 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.
- references 2017 and up
The additional information needed to assess the patient’s weight-related condition further includes biological factors. Tests would be conducted to examine the functionality of the hypothalamus, which is responsible for regulating appetite. Hormone levels in the body such as neuropeptide Y should be assessed since it stimulates hunger. Also, examining changes in the gut microbiome is vital to determine possible imbalances that increase the production of fatty acids. Another additional information that is crucial to assess factors relating to overweight in children is genetic data. Genetic variations play a role in influencing metabolic processes in the body that regulate appetite centers (Rohde et al., 2019). Further, genetic imbalance affects insulin resistance and ectopic fat deposition, which are some of the common triggers for obesity among children. Lastly, detailed information about the child’s environmental factors is crucial in determining its influence on increased BMI. Patterns in feeding during the infancy stage, sleep-wake cycle, and poor eating habits significantly contribute to obesity among adolescents.