Instructions for Assessment
Assessment for nutritional disorders follows three essential steps:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.