The pediatric hospitalist wants to begin nasogastric tube feedings on an infant newly diagnosed with Prader-Willi syndrome, dehydration, and unplanned weight loss. She seeks your advice, but your main knowledge base is adult oncology. Where can you find quick, accurate guidelines to help complete this nutrition assessment appropriately? Many dietetics practitioners have little experience working with pediatric patients beyond a short rotation within a dietetic internship. Without up-to-date knowledge, RDNs may mistakenly use outdated growth charts and assessment techniques, or provide inaccurate medical nutrition therapy recommendations. RDNs must have the proper knowledge base to assess pediatric patients appropriately and accurately.
The goal of this pediatric nutrition continuing education course is to expand the knowledge and skills of dietitians in assessing and treating pediatric patients to improve their health, growth, and outcomes. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Increase awareness of the proper tools and methods for evaluating growth in children with special healthcare needs
- Demonstrate how to properly measure mid-arm circumference, triceps, and subscapular fat folds in children
- Compare and contrast different calorie recommendations for children with special healthcare needs
- Calculate energy needs for catch-up-growth in a child with failure to thrive
- Increase awareness of the various charts available for children with special healthcare needs and how to access them
- Classify severity of malnutrition according to updated the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition guidelines
- Explain how to increase formula concentration for an infant who is not gaining weight
- Use knowledge regarding premature infants to select appropriate nutrient goals
- Describe the differences in commercial formulas for term infants and those for premature infants
- Define the effects of malabsorption on the nutrient needs of a child with cystic fibrosis
- Identify intervention strategies for children with failure to thrive
- Evaluate growth anomalies seen in children with fetal alcohol syndrome
- Describe appropriate intervention strategies for children with Prader-Willi syndrome
- List the major nutritional concerns for a child with spina bifida
- Analyze the diet and the biochemical indicators of a child with renal disease and make appropriate recommendations
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The course is intended for nutrition professionals
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a level 3 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 3010, 3020, 3030, 4150, 5000, 5060, 5070, 5180, 5280, 5290, 5390, 5400 and performance indicators of 4.1.2 , 8.1.1, 8.1.4, 8.1.3, 8.1.5, 8.3.6, 10.1.1, 10.1.2, 10.2.1, 10.2.3, 10.2.4, 10.2.7, 10.2.11.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.
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