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Pediatric and Adolescent Care

  • Creator:   The Nurse Practitioner
  • Updated:   1/19/2022
  • Contains:  19 items
A collection of articles focused on pediatric and adolescent health.
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Successful healthcare transition for youth with special healthcare needs is a team effort

Cady, Rhonda G.; Erickson, Catherine; Harris, Debbi Simmons; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(11):38-43, November 2021.

NPs care for persons across the age continuum and transitions commonly occur. Some are unexpected, like hospitalizations for acute illness or injury. Others are an expected consequence of growing up, like moving from pediatric to adult care models. Understanding the factors impacting healthcare transition is critical for successful outcomes.

An update on practice guidelines for primary care treatment of pediatric migraine

Rosenblum, Ruth K.; Manion, Amy

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(11):18-27, November 2021.

Headaches are a frequent reason for children and adolescents to seek healthcare, and such visits include pediatric ED visits. Headache-related school absences can affect academic performance. Diagnosing and treating headaches in this population can be challenging for the primary care NP. This article reviews recent management and treatment guidelines.

Increasing human papillomavirus immunization in the primary care setting

Taylor, Andrea C.; Hopkins, Leslie W.; Moore, Ginny

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(10):37-42, October 2021.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a leading cause of cancer. Increasing HPV vaccination recommendations by primary care providers to patients decreases the burden of this viral infection. Providers need to be educated about this condition and the available options for immunization to feel confident in making strong recommendations and thereby increase HPV immunization rates.

Minimizing risk of infection when using developmental and psychological assessment tools: Looking beyond COVID-19

Cheng, Alison S.; Kang, Ying Qi; Lim, Tammy S.H.; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(6):12-16, June 2021.

Swift spread of COVID-19 across the world led to the implementation of unique measures to contain its spread. We propose safe practices within developmental and behavioral pediatrics settings including evaluating assessment materials for ease of sanitization and employing a structured sanitization work-system.

Clinical strategies for addressing obesity in infants and toddlers

Graf, Michelle D.; Karp, Sharon M.; Lutenbacher, Melanie; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(2):28-33, February 2021.

Babies' earliest food experiences have a lifelong impact on eating preferences and dietary habits, laying the foundation for obesity risk. NPs have the opportunity to provide education about healthy infant feeding practices before the growth trajectory becomes abnormal and focus intensive education on at-risk families.

Mental health problems among youth experiencing sex trafficking

Fazio, Nicole; Lynch, Jenna; Devlin, Maura; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(1):6-11, January 2021.

There are an estimated 4.8 million victims of sex trafficking (ST) globally, and 21% of these victims are children or adolescents. Victims of ST are at risk for mental health problems, and it is critical that primary care providers can accurately identify and treat them.

Community-associated MRSA among Indigenous children in remote settings: Best practices for NPs

Campbell, Rhonda; Martin, Donna; Pierce, Darlene; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(10):34-40, October 2020.

Community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) is a major public health concern for Indigenous pediatric populations worldwide. It is the leading cause of skin and soft tissue infections in this demographic. This article reviews the literature and presents an evidence-based algorithm for the assessment and management of CA-MRSA among Indigenous children in remote settings.

Family-centered care for children with medical complexity: A goal-planning initiative

Lindstrom, Kathy; Cady, Rhonda; Bushaw, Andrea

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(8):49-55, August 2020.

This article describes an NP-piloted, family-centered, goal-planning tool to use with a medically complex pediatric population during outpatient clinic visits. The tool was an effective reminder to discuss goals after trust and rapport are established between provider and family.

Sleep, screen time, and family meal frequency in preschool children: A pilot study

Hayes, Katey; Williams, Susan G.; Fruh, Sharon; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(8):35-41, August 2020.

This exploratory pilot study identified the prevalence and perceptions of three healthy habits in preschool-age children by surveying their parents/caregivers. Researchers examined children's hours of sleep, screen time, and number of family meals per week.

Primary care of children with autism spectrum disorder: Pilot program results

Kilmer, Michele

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(7):48-55, July 2020.

The conclusion of this series outlines a research pilot program testing the usability of an author-developed clinical practice guideline for the initial management of pediatric patients with ASD.

Primary care of children with autism spectrum disorder: Applying evidence-based interventions

Kilmer, Michele

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(6):33-41, June 2020.

Pediatric autism spectrum disorder (ASD) consists of multisystem components that primary care providers (PCPs) must address. PCPs improve health outcomes associated with ASD when they administer developmental screening tools and thoroughly assess identified concerns.

Primary care of children with autism spectrum disorders: Developing confident healthcare leaders

Kilmer, Michele

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(5):41-47, May 2020.

This series of articles aims to equip primary care providers (PCPs) with the tools to become healthcare leaders managing patients with pediatric autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Individuals with ASD can experience optimal health outcomes when timely, evidence-based interventions are implemented in the primary care setting.

Substance use disorder: Screening adolescents in primary care

Mackavey, Carole; Kearney, Kelly

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(5):25-32, May 2020.

Adolescence is a time for experimentation, which can lead to impulsive decision-making and risky behavior that could cause harm. Many primary care clinicians lack training in managing positive substance use screens. Screening adolescent patients in primary care can help identify, prevent, and treat substance use disorder.

Pediatric hypertension: A guideline update

Benenson, Irina; Waldron, Frederick A.; Porter, Sallie

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(5):16-23, May 2020.

The prevalence of pediatric hypertension is growing. Hypertension during childhood remains a major risk factor for adverse cardiovascular events later in life. NPs should be aware of current guidelines on screening, diagnosis, and treatment of hypertension in children to improve care for this patient population.