Educating the Patient and Family

When the patient is receiving GH, the primary health care provider discusses in detail the therapeutic regimen for increasing growth (height) with the child's parents or guardians. If the drug is to be given at bedtime and not in the outpatient clinic, the nurse instructs the parents on the proper technique to administer the injections. The parents are encouraged to keep all clinic or office visits. The nurse explains that the child may experience sudden growth and increase in appetite. The nurse instructs the parents to report lack of growth, symptoms of diabetes (eg, increased hunger, increased thirst, or frequent voiding) or symptoms of hypothyroidism (eg, fatigue, dry skin, intolerance to cold).

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