A Research Study On Infant 's Weight And The National Center For Disease Control And Prevention ( Cdc )

1154 Words Nov 30th, 2014 5 Pages
Healthy (full-term infants) are born at 37 weeks of gestation and healthy (preterm infants) are born at 34 weeks or later. Weight is the main source of assessing newborn health; full term infants should weigh about 5.5 to 8.5lbs and are 18.5 to 21.5 inches. Infant’s calorie needs are assessed by evaluating their weight, growth rate, sleep/wake cycle, temperature and climate, physical activity, metabolic response to food, and health status or recovery from illness. Length boards and scales are used to assess infant’s physical growth and the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is a growth chart for infants from 0- 36 months old, is organized for each gender presenting their weight for age, length for age, weight for length, and head circumference for age. Infants have common nutritional problems and concerns such as failure to thrive (FTT), colic, iron-deficiency anemia, constipation, and food allergies. FTT describes conditions where the infant maybe suspected of a caloric deficit due to factors maternal depression, illnesses, and could be poverty. Colic is the unexpected irritability or cry of a young infant, associated with gastrointestinal upset. Iron-deficiency anemia is most common in toddlers but still appears in infancy; infants with iron-deficiency anemia have low birth weights and high lead results. Constipation and diarrhea may be caused by viral infections, food tolerance, and altering fluid consumption. Infants may develop a…

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