WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION
series: MEETING NUTRITIONAL NEEDS by Lara Zakaria, RPh MS CNS CDN
Any point that you notice that a child's behavior is changing--or their interests in normal child activities [is changing]--I think that's a really important time to flag medical help. Whether it be a social worker, or maybe a nurse, that might be available to investigate the situation a little bit further--I think it's really important.
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That child might be sick. There might be something physically happening. There might be something emotionally happening that needs to be addressed. The sooner it's addressed, the better. I think, often, caregivers are hesitant to flag something as being bad or wrong. They're afraid, sometimes, of seeming like they're overreacting to a situation. Often, if you have a sense that something's wrong with the child, you're better off flagging it. There typically will be something behind that.
There is a lot of instances where a child is not even aware that something's not normal. They're not going to be able to vocalize it themselves or their parents might not be aware that something is abnormal. It's important to make sure a professional can look at the situation, assess the potential problem, and then have a plan. Whether it is to say everything's okay, everything's fine, which is great--or they can then find a solution, potentially.
Lara Zakaria, RPh MS CNS CDN
Lara Zakaria is a Syrian-American pharmacist and clinical nutritionist residing in New York City. She owns Foodie Farmacist LLC, an integrative medicine, nutrition, and genomics consulting practice focused on prevention and reversal of chronic disease. An active member of...
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The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) Tristate Chapter, she is also honored to serve on the national Board of Directors.
Her ground experience includes participating with multidisciplinary medical teams serving displaced refugees and underserved local communities in Jordan and Lebanon. Lara also serves on several advisory committees including the Jordan Relief Committee (including the Za’atri Clinic Advisory Commission), Advocacy, and as chair of the Pharmacy and Nutrition Committee. Lara is an active advocate for awareness of the Syrian Crisis and medical worker safety, meeting with representative of the United Nations and of the US congress and senate, as well as in presenting SAMS work at various universities and roundtable discussions including the University of Michigan, Columbia University, CUNY Medical School, and New York University Medical and Law School.
Lara is currently a graduate student at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, and a candidate for a Masters in Public Health with a special interest in Behavioral and Social Health.