CASE STUDY: Preschool Child: Ricky


CASE STUDY: Preschool Child: Ricky

Ricky, age 4 years, arrives in the clinic with his mother. Ricky lives with his mother and father, who  both work full-time, and his infant sister. Their extended family lives in a different state more than  100 miles away. Both parents are of average height and in good health. Ricky’s mother mentions  that Ricky often expresses frustration, particularly in regard to food. Conflict over food occurs every  day. Mealtime is a battle to get him to eat, unless his mother feeds him. Ricky’s baby sister seems to  tolerate all baby foods but requires her mother to spoon-feed. Ricky’s mother is quite frustrated and  concerned that he will become malnourished.

Reflective Questions 1. What additional assessment information would you collect?

2. What questions would you ask, and how would you further explore this issue with the  mother?

3. In what ways does the distance of the extended family influence this family’s approach to  health promotion?

4. What factors would you consider to determine whether malnourishment is a factor in this  family

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