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From The CriticsReviewer: Marjorie M. Sutton, MS, RD, CSP, LD (University of Chicago Hospitals)
Description: This is an important new nutrition manual for professionals involved in family-centered healthcare of infants and toddlers at developmental risk. In recognition of today's healthcare environment, cost-conscious, practical, and sensitive, psychological aspects of this care are included.
Purpose: It was written to provide a "concise and user-friendly" compilation of nutrition reference materials for multidisciplinary healthcare team members involved in early intervention programs.
Audience: Physicians, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, social workers, speech pathologists, and teachers, as well as dietitians, comprise the audience.
Features: The book has four parts. Section one emphasizes the importance of early intervention and family-centered care for at-risk children to enable them to reach their full health and growth potentials. Nutrition-related problems and the objectives and outcomes of nutritional intervention are outlined. It also describes fundamental nutrition provider and cross-discipline competencies, plus training and education needs assessments. Section two addresses nutrition assessment of the at-risk child: nutrition screening, diet history, and assessment of clinical status, growth and feeding competency. Because sites usually lack laboratory facilities, biochemical assessment is omitted. Chapters are filled with excellent tables, charts and lists for diagnosis, development, and implementation of nutritional care plans. Section three focuses on specific medical/surgical health problems most frequently encountered in the age 0-3 years at-risk population, such as prematurity, neurological compromise, HIV, etc. Nutrition-related pathophysiology is described, and assessment tools are used to meet individual needs. The appendixes in this section are rich in breadth and application. Included are assessment and screening forms, NCHS and condition-specific growth charts, formula composition tables, special formula recipes, drug/nutrient interactions, methods for estimating fluid and energy requirements, and a discipline-specific glossary.
Assessment: This is an outstanding book that opens the door to effective nutritional intervention for dietitians and the other members of multidisciplinary healthcare teams involved in the care of at-risk infants and toddlers. It is highly recommended.