reduce proportion of children with dental caries (50% have issues); reduce cases of otitis media (ear infection)
eliminate blood lead levels (paint in toys - educate parents)
weight gain (4 lbs. per year)
boys: more illnesses; more accidents
selected system changes: kidneys (fully mature)/GI (voluntary control); heart/lungs (increased capacity); ears (change shape = decrease infections); tonsils/adenoids large; immune (boosts); musculoskeletal/neuro (inhancing fine/gross motor skills
tooth development: finish primary teeth eruption (front); start secondary teeth eruption (backs and sides)
they are not completely dependent
parents must be a role model for children
upset over minor injuries
pain/illness = punishment
nurses must help families promote healthy lifestyle, contribue to health mangement (brushing teeth)
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