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Nutrition Assignment For all children the provision of good nutrition is of utmost importance. For the majority of children, diet should be a varied and balanced mixture of foods that will provide sufficient energy and nutrients to maintain growth and good health (Holden, C., MacDonald, A., 2000). In order to complete this assignment I will be looking at how the Food and Nutrition Essence of Care Benchmark, is implemented in practice. The health deficit I have chosen is the special dietary requirements of a cystic fibrosis child and how they are encouraged to eat in order to promote health within a general paediatric ward. There are nine benchmarks which all consist of different factors to help achieve best practice. I will…show more content…
In order to implement best practice it is important to remember that nutritional support is often required to maintain the child’s existing nutritional status as well as to promote growth and development (Holden et al 2000). There are three levels of nutritional support, which include high protein/high energy diet, dietary supplements and enternal feeding (Holden et al 2000). Holden et al (2000) also states that an adequate intake should be monitored by weight gain and growth. Energy-rich foods, particularly foods that are high in fat and sugar are encouraged. The diet should be based on a good routine with the inclusion of foods from all food groups, but the emphasis is on foods with a higher fat and sugar content. The Patient’s Charter (1997) states that patients should have a choice of dishes including meals suitable for all dietary needs. In practice children who do not gain adequate weight and have a poor appetite are encouraged to take dietary supplements by the health professionals. Many children do not like dietary supplements for various reasons so require a fair amount of encouragement from parents, the dietician, cystic fibrosis nurse specialist and other members of the multi-disciplinary team. Although many individuals will have a role to play in caring for children on a special diet, it is essential that the treatment be coordinated by a specialist paediatric dietician (Holden et al

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