Although toddlers are a delightful and trying challenge, food provides a perfect medium for the struggle for independence. Many toddlers use food to test their power, but others can create scenario...s that gradually restrict their diet by avoiding new foods, or creating meal times that are a nightmare for the whole family.
Over recent years there has been a significant increase in the prevalence of childhood food allergy in Australia. This presents a challenge to health professionals working with families of young ch...ildren who may be on strictly controlled foods. As a result, this has the potential to impede long term good eating habits and cause incongruous behaviours associated with food.
Babies are bottle fed for many reasons, including feeding breastmilk by bottle. Less than half of babies are being exclusively breastfed at three months indicating that many babies are bottle fed b...y 12 weeks of age.
Following on from the previous session we now look at considerations about who can and who cannot breast feed. This session looks at a range of situations and explains why some women do and some wo...men do not breast feed.
Extended breastfeeding has demonstrated beneficial effects on an infant across a range of parameters. However, for a range of reasons full time breastfeeding may not be an option for some women. La...test research shows that even some breastfeeding after three months can be almost as beneficial in terms of protecting the infant from disease as full breastfeeding.
During the first few weeks to months of life, feeding gradually changes from a reflexive to a learnt behaviour. The progression from reflexive to voluntary independent feeding occurs along a develo...pmental continuum and involves a complex interplay of events. The Feeding Development Framework developed at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne offers health professionals a structure for identifying developmental progress or feeding difficulties.
Occasionally parents present their children as an emergency concern, when in fact the concern is not critical. These situations can cause a great deal of parental anxiety and are an area where nurs...es can make a big difference. This session looks at several case scenarios that present to nurses in paediatric situations.
When a child arrives in an emergency department or clinic with abdominal pain it often poses a conundrum for staff. This is because there are so many possible causes of the symptom. This interestin...g session looks at the problem from a nursing perspective and includes:
Routine use of paracetamol is widespread in the community and it is regularly promoted as being safe in school-aged children. It is a very useful medicine when used appropriately. However, there ar...e a number of associated risk factors that must be considered by nurses.
A large proportion of children who suffer from a stroke will be left with long-term problems, such as learning difficulties, physical disability and seizures. In addition, stroke is one of the top...10 causes of death in children.
Communication is an essential developmental goal. Children learn to speak at their own pace; however, hearing is critical to speech development....
There is debate and controversy surrounding the use of medications for ADHD. In the US, one in 11 children is now diagnosed with the condition and many are medicated. Nurses caring for children wit...h ADHD are often faced with children who present with a physical problem or minor injury or fracture and need to know how to assist them and their families appropriately.
Disruptive clinician behaviour such as bullying, physical violence and more subtle behaviours such as withholding vital information or gossiping, can be highly destructive within a work environment.... What are some of the solutions to disarming and managing this behaviour?
Conflict is not always bad. It can encourage openness and honesty, innovation and change. However, despite this many people are afraid of engaging in conflictual situations....