Pediatrics Question #8
The nurse is supervising a student nurse who is teaching the parents of a toddler
with acute diarrhea about home management. For which reason should the nurse intervene during the student’s teaching?
- “A skin barrier cream like zinc oxide is helpful in the diaper area.”
- “Avoid giving your child over-the-counter antidiarrheal medications.”
- “Give your child only bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast for about a week.”
- “Measure the number of wet diapers and call the clinic if there is a decrease.”
The correct answer is C. Oral hydration with electrolytes should be given to a child to replace lost electrolytes from diarrhea. Zinc oxide is a barrier cream which helps with diaper rash. Over the counter antidiarrheal medications should be avoided as they contain bismuth, magnesium, or aluminum and can be harmful to a toddler. Measuring the number of wet diapers allows the parent to monitor for dehydration which is a potential risk when a child has acute diarrhea.