Patricia S. Beach MD and Krystal Revai MD, MPH
This module is intended for pediatric health professionals, pediatric residents, medical students in pediatrics, and others with a healthy curiosity about the principles of good nutrition during the growing years.
Goals & Objectives
On completion of this module, the user should have a better understanding of the pediatrician's role in promoting good nutrition and healthy lifestyle.
These objectives should be met:
- Develop a basic understanding of the more common principles of pediatric health maintenance.
- Discuss common parental concerns at specific ages, including feeding (nutrition) problems.
- State calories/kg/day needed for normal growth in infants and small children.
- Identify the major differences between human milk and the various commonly available infant formulas.
- Describe the advantages of breastfeeding and recognize potential common difficulties experienced by breastfeeding mothers.
- Recognize factors that contribute to the development of failure to thrive and obesity in childhood.
- Advise families about the dietary prevention and treatment of common pediatric mineral (e.g., iron, fluoride, calcium) and dietary deficiencies.