"In this presentation, Barb covers various stages of growth and development from the six- to the 18-year-old. It includes a helpful discussion of the "teen-age" brain, which undergoes a major transformation between the ages of 13 and twenty-five. A conversation about mirror neurons helps explain why a kid who bullies becomes an adult who bullies and is most likely to have been raised by a person who bullied, why child abusers beget child abusers, and the theory that autistic children have "broken" mirrors. In addition, she covers the assessment of various clinical conditions that school nurses may encounter—sore throats, abdominal pain, head injuries, signs and symptoms of child abuse, kids with celiac disease, mono, respiratory conditions including the common causes of cough in kids, evaluating the child with asthma, pneumonia, allergic rhinitis, abdominal pain, hypo and hyperglycemia, allergic reactions, and recognizing partial complex seizures (the most common seizure disorder in the world, and the least diagnosed). Barb will also discuss normal vital signs—weight, BP, pulses and respirations and various conditions that change the normal parameters." -- Barb Bancroft website.
Barb provides an overview on how to approach the pediatric patient—from the newborn to a nineteen-year-old. What should you expect with vital signs? Why is a heart rate of 120 perfectly fine for a one-month-old and an ALARM sign in a 15-year-old with fever and dehydration? How do you assess a toddler with an average 300-word vocabulary consisting of one MAJOR word—"NO" ? Whatever you do, don't ask them if you can do something! How do you explain "the Teenage Brain"? The best neuro exam in a young child consists of observation—the majority of cranial nerves can be examined by watching facial expressions. What 3 individual clinical features are the most accurate for predicting 5% dehydration in kids? Barb explains the clinical findings in children that help to estimate the degree of dehydration—mild, moderate, and severe in kids. Why is weight such an important vital sign in kids? How do you determine fluid and drug doses? What are the new guidelines for determining tonsillectomies in children? What are the new guidelines for working up a child with febrile seizures? What is the current treatment for children with status epilepticus? What's so different about the respiratory system in children vs. adults? What are the causes of acidosis in kids? What are the treatment guidelines for diabetic ketoacidosis? What are some ALARM signs for child abuse? What are some early clues observed in young children with autism? What are the criteria for assessing the child with an acute asthma attack? (website)