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Pediatric Nutrition Video


Norman Saba is the chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Cardon Children’s Medical Center

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ASK THE EXPERT: Pediatric Nutrition - Full Transcription

Text:     This video is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is not intended to provide professional medical advice or any other professional service. If medical or other professional assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought.

Audio:  Opening Theme Music

Text:     Banner Health Presents: Ask the Expert
Text: Norman Saba
Chairman, Department of Pediatrics
Cardon Children’s Medical Center

Images: Norman Saba, speaks on- and off-camera.

Audio:  “Failure to thrive in infants is a very large catch-all phrase for a baby that is not gaining weight or growing appropriately. There can be non-organic and there can be organic reasons for failure to thrive.”

Image:  Pediatric Nutrition Handbook, second edition
Pediatric Nutrition Handbook, fifth edition

Audio: “As you can see, the second edition of our Pediatric Nutrition Handbook that the American Academy of Pediatrics makes is much different than our fifth edition. So things have changed a lot in pediatric nutrition over the years. And failure to thrive is probably one of the most common entities that we deal with.”

Images: Norman Saba, speaks on-camera throughout remainder of video

Text: Not Enough Calories In
Burning Calories Too Quickly

Audio: “The child is not getting enough calories, energy in order to gain weight. Failure to thrive has a lot of different reasons that we see in children. It is one of the most common things we deal with in pediatrics and there can be children not getting enough calories in, or they are burning up the calories too quickly in disease process or it can be just a social situation where they are not being fed enough.”

Text: Abnormal Mouth Structure
Swallowing Problems
Esophageal Problems
Stomach & Intestine Problems

Audio: “Well, some examples of feeding disorders would be congenital anomalies where children have an abnormal structure, which makes it hard to swallow; swallowing problems and then esophageal problems working our way down to the stomach and intestines. There can be problems at every station. One of the most common things they are going to call about is the baby is not eating well. They may be spitting up, they cannot get them to suck and swallow.”

Text: Call Pediatrician or Healthcare Provider
Have Baby Checked

Audio: “If they are concerned that their baby is not eating well, they are not urinating at least three or four times a day, they are not having normal bowel movements, they definitely need to call their pediatrician or their health care provider and have the baby checked. We routinely check the babies after they go home from the hospital at two days and then again at two weeks to make sure their weight gain is appropriate. A normal baby should be back to their birth weight by two weeks of age. That is one our standards that we use to make sure they are doing well.”

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