Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
HE 262
Course Title:
Children's Health, Nutrition & Safety
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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.

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)

Process Skills
Critical thinking

  •  compare
  •   problem solving
  •   decision making
  •   evaluate validity

Communication skills

  1.  oral and written communication
  2.  computer literacy
  3.  calibration skills
  4.  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.