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Children's Health, Nutrition & Safety

Course Number: HE 262
Transcript Title: Child Health,Nutrition,Safety
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: December 19, 2014
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit

Course Description

Explores current health and safety issues for infants and young children. Issues examined include childhood illnesses and ailments, nutrition, obesity, stress, safe environment, self esteem and general first aid. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Recognize current significant children's health issues in the United States.
  2. Analyze societal and environmental influences on children's health.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of age appropriate health, safety, and nutrition behaviors for children that promote health.
  4. Demonstrate ability to promote health among young children.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Written examination
  • Critical analysis of material
  • Journaling and self assessment
  • Group problem solving
  • Class room activities and discussion
  • Oral presentation
  • Health Education lesson presentation

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Process Skills:
    • Critical thinking
    • Compare
    • Problem solving
    • Decision making
    • Evaluate validity
  • Communication skills:
    • Oral and written communication
    • Computer literacy
    • Calibration skills
    • Cooperative group work
  • Intrapersonal skills:
    • Values clarification
    • Reflective journal writing

Themes, Concepts, Ideas

  • Define the concept of wellness, its components, and its application to young children.
  • Societal and environmental influences on current health issues for children.
  • Identify and discuss afflictions on the ENT area: ear infections, sore throats, swimmers ear, broken ear drum.
  • Identify and discuss afflictions of the skin: impetigo, scabies, ringworm, contact dermatitis, and eczema.
  • Explain how accident prevention, dental health and emotional health are special health considerations for young children.
  • Know signs, symptoms, and treatments for common childhood illnesses and ailments; the role sanitation and immunization perform in the prevention of communication diseases.
  • Understand disease transmission principles and prevention of transmission: define prodromal, contagious, incubation period, immunization.
  • Relate the latest AMA immunization recommendations for infants and young children.
  • Understand the principles of good dental health in young children.
  • Know the dietary guidelines and Food Pyramid for Americans.
  • Identify the food group pyramid and know recommended servings for infants and children; describe the ideal dietary proportions of protein, fat, complex carbohydrates, and simple carbohydrates.
  • Identify and know characteristics of water soluble and fat soluble vitamins.
  • Explain nutrient density in foods and its application in snack food selection.
  • Know the major nutritional problems facing young children today in the United States.
  • Analyze the influence of media on nutrition attitudes and choices.
  • Know how to create a safe environment and mange accidents and injuries for young children.
  • Know the most frequent causes of accidental death among young children.
  • Describe the teacher’s or caregiver’s role and responsibilities as they relate to management of accidental injuries and illness.
  • Identify types of abuse and neglect; describe characteristics of abusive adults and abused children.
  • Describe actions the teacher should take in a case of suspected child abuse.
  • Develop age appropriate strategies to promote sound emotional health and positive stress management.
  • Recognize ways in which children demonstrate their stress; understand the G.A.S.
  • Analyze significant emerging health issues, such as environmental pollutants and obesity, influence on children’s health.

Department Notes

This course is designed to assist individuals who through their profession and/or personal lives are involved with the care of young children. Upon satisfactory completion of this course the student will have a greater understanding of current children's health issues and how to promote a healthful lifestyle for young children. This course will present current issues in children's health, including recognition and treatment of common childhood illnesses and ailments, dental health, child abuse, nutrition, health, safety and accident prevention. Child care providers will be encouraged to see themselves as health educators and promoters of children's health.