Pediatrics

June 2016 Vol. 11 No. 6

Author: Kylie Ross, MSN, RN, CPNP; Azza H. Ahmed, DNSc, PBCLC, CPNP; Jennifer Coddington, DNP, MSN, RN, CPNP; and Elizabeth A. Richards, PhD, RN, CHES

Nutrition can have a positive or negative impact on health throughout the entire lifespan. Proper diet and nutrition is always essential, but it is especially important during the toddler years, ages 1 to 3. Toddlers with poor nutrition can develop significant diet-related issues such as iron deficiency anemia and . . .

January 2016 Vol. 11 No. 1

Author: Beth Lyman, MSN, RN, CNSC; Jane Anne Yaworksi, MSN, RN; Lori Duesing, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC; and Candice Moore, BSH, RN, CPN

Nasogastric (NG) tubes are placed to administer enteral nutrition, medications, or fluids to children of all ages who are unable to ingest enough proper nutrition by mouth to grow and develop normally. Most NG tubes are placed at the bedside. As innocuous as the insertion procedure might seem, it carries . . .

August 2015 Vol. 10 No. 8

Author: Robin Young-Cournoyer, MS, RN

The child care health consultant (CCHC) is a specialized role with the primary goal of promoting the safest and healthiest environment for the staff and children in child care settings, including child care centers, nursery schools, and camps. CCHCs guide the child care program in adhering to the local and . . .

March 2015 Vol. 10 No. 3

Author: Deborah Boroughs, MSN, RN, and Joan Dougherty, BSN, RN, CPN, CSN

Children with tracheostomy tubes can benefit from home care but require specialized nursing to prevent complications and emergencies. The artificial airway increases risk, especially in children with upper airway disorders. To provide safe and effective care, home care nurses must be skilled in respiratory assessment, routine tracheostomy management, and tracheostomy . . .

March 2015 Vol. 10 No. 3

Author: Virpal Donley, BSN, RN, and Sherri Reese, BSN, RN, CIC

Affecting every patient population, central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) increase morbidity and mortality.  Although much has been published on adult CLABSIs, information on pediatric CLABSIs has lagged.

In 2005, the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California, had a CLABSI rate of 9 . . .

December 2014 Vol. 9 No. 12

Author: Janet Myers, RN, MSM, CPHRM

Daniel, a 5-year-old child with asthma, is anxious and doesn’t want to keep his oxygen mask on during his much-needed nebulizer treatment. Teary eyed, 6-year-old Emily is recovering from gastroenteritis. She is cuddled up in her hospital bed, alone and afraid as she refuses . . .

November 2014 Vol. 9 No. 11

Author: Shannon Hudson, PhD, RN

Adrienne Johnson, age 5, is admitted to the general pediatric unit. She has sickle cell anemia (hemoglobin SS subtype) and recently was discharged after being hospitalized for acute chest syndrome. According to her mother, Adrienne has been complaining of severe persistent headaches for the past 24 hours. Her primary care . . .

April 2014 Vol. 9 No. 4

Author: Miriam O. Young, MSN, RN

On March 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Topamax (topiramate) for prevention of migraine headaches in adolescents ages 12 to 17. This is the first FDA approval of a drug for migraine prevention in this age group. Read more . . .

April 2014 Vol. 9 No. 4

Author: Miriam O. Young, MSN, RN

Researchers who reviewed studies looking at the impact of “animal interventions” in healthcare settings for children find that the evidence base for these interventions is lacking, according to a study published in Anthrozoös. Read more and read the study abstract . . .

April 2014 Vol. 9 No. 4

Author: Miriam O. Young, MSN, RN

A study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings reports that the health benefits of male circumcision exceed the risks by more than 100 to 1. Overall male circumcision rates have recently declined. Read more . . .

February 2014 Vol. 9 No. 2

Author: Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, and Nancy Hilton, MN, RN, NEA-BC

On Feb. 4, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the launch of a national public education campaign, called “The Real Cost”, to prevent youth tobacco use and reduce the number of children aged 12 to 17 who become regular smokers. Read more . . .

February 2014 Vol. 9 No. 2

Author: Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, and Nancy Hilton, MN, RN, NEA-BC

An analysis published in The Cochrane Report says current evidence doesn’t provide strong support for using antibiotics to prevent ear infections and pneumonia in children with undifferentiated acute respiratory infections. Read the study abstract and an article about the study . . .