Being A Single Mother With A New Baby

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Being a single mother with a new baby who has gastrointestinal problems can be very taxing on a family. The role of the nurse is not only to provide physical and emotional care for their patients, but to also help families find care outside of the hospital. This outside care can be social service workers or even community and state help resources to provide information and even medical care for these families. In my paper I will be discussing what GERD is, a nursing diagnosis for the family in the case scenario, community resources that can be used to help the family along with their cons, and which program I find to be the best one to use for this family. In the case scenario we have a 19 year old mother, Janine, with her 4 month old son, Andrew. Andrew was born prematurely and has been diagnosed with GERD. GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. In Ricci it is “the passage of gastric contents into the esophagus… [and] is considered a normal physiologic process that occurs in healthy infants and children. However, when complications develop from the reflux of gastric contents back into the esophagus…, it becomes more of a pathologic process…” (Ricci, pg. 1527, 2012). Signs and symptoms include recurrent vomiting, weight loss or poor weight gain, irritability, respiratory symptoms, abdominal pain, feeding refusal, and other clinical manifestations. The mother of baby Andrew has said that the baby is still difficult to feed, but with the help of medications
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