The Infant years (Birth to 12 Months Old) Identify specific health and safety considerations that you will have to consider during the infant years. How will you address these issues?GastrointestinalInfections: Diarrhea“Diarrhea is the most common symptom of gastrointestinal infection. Diarrhea spreads easily among children.”(Healthy Foundations in Early Childhood Settings page 173). There had been a recent outbreak in Xavier’s daycare. Inorder to prevent Xavier form contracting this infection, I must practice efficient hand washing, and toileting routines.Drowning“Young children can drown in as little as 5cm of water, which means children must be supervised around water and helpthem develop a respect for it. (Healthy Foundations in Early Childhood Settings page 369). I have to be sure that I haveall of my supplies when I am giving Xavier a bath. I know that I cannot leave him unattended.The Common Cold“Children in centers get as many as 8 to 10 colds a year. Cold viruses, more than 100 of them, are spread easily throughthe air and on contaminated hands and objects.” (Healthy Foundations in Early Childhood Settings page 172). I havenoticed that Xavier has been getting a lot of colds that seem to be never ending. In order to help minimize the spread ofcolds, I must wash both mine and Xavier’s hands carefully and often, teach Xavier how to cover his mouth whencoughing and sneezing, and clean his toys on a regular basis especially when he has a cold.Allergies“There is no cure for allergies. We try to prevent reactions by eliminating exposure to allergens whenever possible (egg.Peanuts, shellfish, animals) or at least limiting exposure to allergens (egg smoke, dust, pollen).” (Healthy Foundations inEarly Childhood Settings page 187). I am concerned that if I give Xavier foods which have a high allergy risk, he may havea reaction. To make sure I am able to feed him these foods, I will consult my doctor to get a professional opinion.Chicken Pox“Chicken pox is common in children because the varicella zoster virus spreads easily through the air and by touching theliquid in the pox.” (Healthy Foundations in Early Childhood Settings page 176) Since there have been a few chicken poxcases in Xavier’s play group, I am concerned that he may contract chicken pox as well. I will take him to the doctor tosee if he could have the varicella vaccination to prevent chicken pox. “Children who did not get the varicella vaccinationat about 12 months of age can receive it at an older age.” (Healthy Foundations in Early Childhood Settings page 176)
The School Age Years (6 to 12 Years Old) As a parent, what are some of your concerns regarding your child’s health and safety during the School Age years?Some of the health and safety concerns I have while raising my child include: Falls Broken bones Not getting enough sleep Speaking to/ taking things from strangers Drowning
Being abductedGetting enough nutrients from foodRoad safety (crossing the street)Watching too much TVHow to be safe on the computer/ internetBullying
Reflection Paper (1 page) Think about how might your child’s development might be different if s/he was raised by people with different socioeconomic, ethnic or cultural backgrounds. How would the concept of the “whole child” play a role? (Please avoid stereotypes)My child’s development might have different if he was raised by parents who focused mainly on one aspect of life ratherthan all social determinants. My child may never have had the opportunity to receive all the popular toys or have aHealthy well balanced meal if he grew up in a home with a limited amount of money. My child wouldn’t have thechance to join play groups and be enrolled in a child care center if he grew up in a home where there was no supportnetworks. If the physical environment wasn’t ideal, my child would have developed birth defects or respiratory illness.Ifmy child was raised in a same sex home; he may have faced challenges in dealing with society and negative views abouthis living situation. My child’s language and beliefs would be different had he been raised by parents of a differentculture. There is a possibility that my child would be more educated, academically and in everyday life if his parentshave education.