question about interventions

  1. hi! i need some suggestions for interventions for a nursing diagnosis of "risk for developmental delay r/t hospitlization"...i would greatly appreciate your help! thank you and have a great day!
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  3. by   leslie :-D
    if a child is going to be in the hospital, followed by a recovery period at home, what will he be missing out on?
    what won't he be doing r/t illness/surgery, immobility, act intolerance, cognitive delays, socialization?
    you will get some of your answers by acknowledging the interruptions and limitations.

    Last edit by leslie :-D on Oct 2, '07
  4. by   Daytonite
    I am taking these directly out of Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: A Guide to Planning Care, 7th Edition, by Betty J. Ackley and Gail B. Ladwig, pages 441-442:
    • "use a neutral, indirect style when addressing areas in which improvement is needed, such as a need for verbal stimulation when working with clients.
    • assess whether exposure to community violence is contributing to developmental problems
    • validate the client's feelings and concerns related to child's development
    • assess for the presence of substances that could cause developmental delay
    • assist family to identify appropriate skill-building activities for child
    • provide emotional support for family members' reactions to evidence of developmental delay
    • if possible, refer family to a program of animal-assisted therapy
    • provide support groups and education on human immunodeficiency virus and caring for infants with this diagnosis
    • provide developmental care interventions to preterm infants to improve neurodevelopmental outcomes
    • provide neonatal positioning procedures for preterm infants to prevent extremity malalignment, skull deformities, and gross motor delay
    • counsel parents, siblings, and caregivers about the importance of smoking cessation and the necessity of eliminating all secondhand smoke exposure
    • teach caregivers of children appropriate developmental interactions; use anticipatory guidance to facilitate preparation for developmental milestones."
    I would also recommend that you do a search of the Internet for more information on developmental delays and their treatment.