Nutritional Disorders Telehealth Network Project

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Instructions for Assessment

Assessment for nutritional disorders follows three essential steps:

  1. Initial Screening: The initial screener is used to determine if the caregiver perceives their child to have a problem with nutrition and do the anthropometrics suggest that this child is over/under -nourished.
    • This step also includes plotting the child's height and weight on a growth chart to determine if their height/weight ratio (BMI) is within a healthy range.
  2. Secondary Screening:  This assessment is used to examine the etiology of the nutritional disorder and the areas of concern in order to determine what interventions may be necessary.
  3. Treatment Planning:  By using the Treatment Planning/Etiology Guide, interventions can be used to tailor treatment to the specific needs of the child and the family.
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