Acta Paulista de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0103-2100
MELLO, Débora Falleiros de; BARROS, Débora de Miranda; PINTO, Ione Carvalho and FURTADO, Maria Cândida de Carvalho. Nursing follow-up: monitoring of children's health indicators in the program of family health. Acta paul. enferm. [online]. 2009, vol.22, n.6, pp. 748-754. ISSN 0103-2100. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-21002009000600004.
Objective: To describe children's health indicators during the first two years of their life. Method: This was a descriptive study. Data were collected through birth certificates and medical records of 68 children born between January 1st 2002 and December 31st 2004. The children were monitored from birth to December 31st 2006 in an outpatient health unit of the program of family health at Ribeirao Preto, SP. Results: The children were at risk for health problems and a significant number of their mothers were teenagers with more than 3 children. Health care provided by the program of family health consisted of an increase in the amount of prenatal care, expansion of breastfeeding support and coverage, vaccination, and foot testing. Conclusion: Nursing and other professionals care has been very important in improving the children's health indicators. Monitoring health indicators can promote adequate child care; particularly, among children attending a program of family health.
Keywords : Child health; Health status indicators; Pediatric nursing.