- Course Number:
- HE 262
- Course Title:
- Children's Health, Nutrition & Safety
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Course DescriptionExplores 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.
Addendum to Course Description
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.
Intended Outcomes for the course
- Recognize current significant childrens health issues in the United States
- Analyze societal and environmental influences on childrens health
- Demonstrate knowledge of age appropriate health, safety, and nutrition behaviors for children that promote health
- 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)
- problem solving
- decision making
- evaluate validity
- oral and written communication
- computer literacy
- calibration skills
- cooperative group work
- 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 teachers or caregivers 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 childrens health.