Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle 2007
SECTION B (30 marks)
INSTRUCTIONS: ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS IN THIS SECTION
1. (i) Describe how you would assess weight in children? 
1 Obtain accurate weights and measures When weighing and measuring children, follow procedures that yield accurate measurements and use equipment that is well maintained. See the Anthropometry: Accurately Weighing and Measuring Infants, Children and Adolescents module for information about accurate weighing and measuring procedures.
2 Select the appropriate growth chart Select the growth chart to use based on the age and gender of the child being weighed and measured.
■ Enter the child’s name and the record number, if appropriate.
Use the charts listed below when Use the charts listed below when measuring boys and girls in the recumbent determining the stature (standing height) of position (should be limited to those less boys and girls aged 2 to 20 years: than 36 months old):
Length-for-age ■ Weight-for-age
Weight-for-age ■ Stature-for-age
Head circumference-for-age ■ BMI-for-age
3 Record data After selecting the appropriate chart and entering the patient’s name and record number, if appropriate, complete the data entry table.
First, record information about factors obtained at the initial visit that influence growth.
Enter mother’s and father’s stature as reported.
Enter the gestational age in weeks.
The next line is reserved for recording the child’s birth data. (Omit this step when using growth charts for children aged 2 to 20 years.)
Enter the date of birth.
Enter birth weight, length, and head circumference.
Add notable comments (e.g., breastfeeding).
Record information obtained during the current visit.
■ Enter today’s date.
Determine age to the nearest month for infants and 1/4-year for children 2 to 20 years.
■ Enter the child’s age.
Example of how to calculate the child’s age: To calculate Sam’s...