Growth And Nutritional Evaluations

Growth And Nutritional Evaluations Specialist
Evaluation of growth and nutritional patterns in the early years of your child’s life is essential to proper development. At Myrtle Avenue Pediatrics growth and nutritional evaluations are performed to assess a child’s development patterns in response to their nutritional behaviors. Patients in the Clearwater or Oldsmar areas of Florida are encouraged to visit for their child’s growth and nutritional evaluation.

Growth & Nutritional Evaluations Q & A

What is a nutritional assessment?

Good nutrition is important for achieving normal growth and development. Therefore, nutritional evaluations should be an integral part of care for youths. Nutritional assessment is an in-depth evaluation of an individual's food and nutrient intake, lifestyle, and medical history. Once the data is collected, the doctor can assess the nutritional status of the pediatric patient's response to illness. Dietary information in a nutritional assessment can be affected by a variety of factors, including physical, environmental and social influences. Nutrient intake, developmental appropriateness of foods offered, and social and environmental influences are evaluated in this portion of the assessment. Behaviors around food and eating should be examined as well.

What does a nutritional assessment include?

A complete nutritional assessment of a child’s nutritional status will include a medical history, nutritional history, dietary intake, physical examination, pubertal staging, skeletal maturity staging, and biochemical tests of nutritional status. Age, gender, and disease-specific growth charts will become an essential factor in assessing nutritional status. Medical conditions that may alter intake and/or growth should be considered in the assessment. Possible drug-nutrient interactions should be evaluated.

What is a growth evaluation?

Growth is a key component of nutritional status and an indicator of health and well-being for every aspect of a child’s health. Growth in children is usually steady and predictable, however, to ensure proper growth and development, an evaluation will reflect any abnormalities. Anthropometric indicators such as weight, stature, and skinfold measurements will provide information about a child's physical growth. Growth is divided into four periods which encompass changes in body composition as well as maturational milestones:

  1. infancy to 2 years of age
  2. preschool years (2 to 6 years)
  3. middle childhood years (7 to 10 years)
  4. adolescence (11 to 20 years).
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