Case Study – a Sickeningly Sweet Baby Boy
Part I Questions 1. What additional information would you want to know to understand Emma and Jacob’s panic?
To understand the cause of the panic that was brought to Jacob and Emma, you would need to know more about the state of the baby. This article just describes that the boy was having difficulty feeding, and after seven days he stopped feeding. This isn’t a situation that brings upon panic right away, but for Emma and Jacob it did. The panic was partly because they had already had a child that died from unknown reasons in the first nine days of his life, and didn’t want to lose another. The state of the current baby, such as if it was premature, or if it was very sick looking and small, or it’s behavioural patterns could mean that the issue of him not feeding could be much more serious. However, if the baby seemed normal and was progressively gaining weight, and behaviour was normal, there shouldn’t be as much panic from the parents. 2. What is meant by “failure to thrive”?
Failure to thrive means that the child is unable to grow and gain weight at normal rates that other children do, and is due to a number of causes. The child may end up with mental retardation, and physical, mental and social skills may all be affected in the child who is failing to thrive. The child could go through periods and relapses of states of failure to thrive if it is emotionally derived, but usually not if it is medically derived. It isn’t very common, only 1% of children admitted to any hospital have failure to thrive, and between 3 to 5% of children admitted to children specific hospitals have failure to thrive in the United States. 3. What are some reasons why newborns fail to thrive?
The cause of the child failing to thrive is genetically caused a lot of the time. It could be from chromosome problems (Down syndrome or Turner syndrome), organ issues, thyroid, growth or other hormone deficiencies, CNS or brain damage
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