Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 18 | ARTICLE

Title: CHILD SURVEILLANCE IN THE 1ST YEAR: LEARNING TO INTERVENE IN ORDER TO PREVENT

Author: Celeste Antão (celeste@ipb.pt), Filomena Sousa (filomena@ipb.pt), Eugénia Anes (eugenia@ipb.pt), Adília Fernandes (adilia@ipb.pt), Carlos Magalhães (luica@ipb.pt), Maria Augusta Veiga-Branco (aubra@ipb.pt)

Publication: Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 18

Abstract:
This article discusses issues that can never be overlooked in caring for children during the first year of life. Health surveillance is a timely way to discover the strengths and weaknesses related with the growth and development of children. Knowledge about their normal growth and development can be useful to identify shifts that require early intervention. Given children’s frailty and dependence, it is important to be involved and to teach parents in order to intervene safely and effectively. This research aims to provide insights on the importance of health surveillance as a contribution to finding practical answers. The literature review about this issue and the reading of health guidelines, in particular the Portuguese Programme on Children Health Surveillance, highlights surveillance as a way for caregivers to make early identification of deviations from normality.

Keywords: growth, development, child development, surveillance




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