DESCRIBE THE DEVELOPMENTAL MARKERS A NURSE SHOULD ACCESS FOR A 9-MONTH-OLD INFANT NRS 434
Consider the following patient scenario:
A mother comes in with 9-month-old girl. The infant is 68.5cm in length (25th percentile per CDC growth chart), weighs 6.75kg (5th percentile per CDC growth chart), and has a head circumference of 43cm (25th percentile per CDC growth chart).
Describe the developmental markers a nurse should assess for a 9-month-old female infant. Discuss the recommendations you would give the mother. Explain why these recommendations are based on evidence-based practice.
According to the CDC (2020) a 9-month-old baby should be able to do a few things that is important and will indicate how the baby progress for her age. Social and Emotional: Baby may be afraid of strangers and attached with those familiar with them. Language/Communication: Understands “no” and make different sounds that seems like “mama”, Cognitive: plays peek-a-boo, can hold cereal between pointer finger and thumb. Physical development: sits by themselves without support, crawls. (Green, 2018) These are` some of the developmental markers for a 9-month-old baby.
Various assessments are done to ensure that the baby is on the right track developmental wise. It is important for parents to be part of the assessments so they can understand what to look for. Before any recommendations can be given to the mother, assessment will be done in order to give appropriate information. I would talk to the mother and enquire about the baby’s feed regiment. I would also have to know if the mother was breast feeding. We will discuss feeding schedules and if the mother was breast feeding. It is important to know if she produces enough milk to satisfy the baby and how often. Once all the information is collected, we can recommend food that is nutritious for the baby, draw up a schedule to ensure that the baby eat, and drink as scheduled.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC). (2020). Important milestone: Your baby by nine months. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestone/milestone-9mo.html
Green,S.Z. (2018). Health assessment: Foundation for effective practice. Retrieved from https://lc.gcumedia.com/nrs434vn/health-assessment-foundation-for-effective-practice/v1.1/
replied toValencia Classen
Jan 28, 2022, 11:20 PM
Replies to Valencia Classen
Hello Valencia, it is true that feeding program of the baby are among the factors that ne must consider. For the case of breastfeeding mothers, we must understand the amount of milk the mother was producing since its fundamental in the development process of the child. I am impressed you have discussed an important factor that most people don’t think s impotant, especially with the diverse family set up that we have today.
replied toJames Lokko
Jan 29, 2022, 3:30 PM
Replies to James Lokko
Thank you. When babies or children present with underweight the first thing that comes to mind is feeding although they maybe underlying medical conditions,it is important to rule out those. For the breastfeeding mothers to be able to produce breast milk they should take themselves balanced meals , be well hydrated and have they their minds relaxed. Stress affects milk production so education on that should be given.