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Child Health Group: What She Talks About

Surely you met such a point in the child’s medical record – a health group. But what is this group? What is she talking about?

Not everyone knows about it.
Health groups is a conditional term that is used for a rough assessment of a child’s health. Your pediatrician determines it, evaluating the child’s health status, data from preventive examinations by specialists, and test results. Health groups are assigned to children from 3 to 17 years. Some parents are afraid of assigning a group to their child that does not correspond to good health. However, here you should know that this is not a final diagnosis, but only a special gradation that allows you to adjust your health condition, take into account various factors that can affect the future of your child.

Criteria for determining a health group
1 – the presence or absence of abnormalities in early ontogenesis;

2 – the level of physical development and the degree of its harmony;

3 – level of neuropsychic development;

4 – body resistance;

5 – the functional state of organs and systems;

6 – the presence or absence of chronic diseases and / or congenital malformations.

There are five health groups.
Group I – healthy children / adolescents with normal physical and mental development, without anatomical defects, functional and morphofunctional disorders;

Group II – children / adolescents:

in which there are no chronic diseases / conditions, but there are some functional and morphofunctional disorders. For the 1st year of life it is: a burdened obstetric history, prematurity without sharp signs of immaturity;
convalescents (recovering), especially after infectious diseases of severe and moderate severity;
total delay physical development in the absence of diseases of the endocrine system (low growth), with a lack of body weight or overweight;
often and / or long-term ill ARI;
with physical disabilities, the consequences of injuries or operations while maintaining the functions of organs and systems of the body.

Group III – children suffering from chronic diseases / conditions in the stage of:

clinical remission, with rare exacerbations, with retained or compensated functions of organs and systems of the body, in the absence of complications of the underlying disease (condition);
with physical disabilities, the consequences of injuries and operations, provided that the functions of the organs and systems of the body are compensated, the degree of which does not limit the possibility of training or work.
IV group – children belong to it

with chronic diseases / conditions in the active stage and stage of unstable clinical remission with frequent exacerbations, with retained or compensated functions of the organs and body system or incomplete compensation of functions;
with chronic diseases (conditions) in remission, with impaired functions of organs and body systems that require the appointment of supportive treatment;
with physical disabilities, the consequences of injuries and operations with incomplete compensation of the functions of organs and the body system, which entailed limitations on the possibility of training and labor.
V group – these are children who

suffer from severe chronic diseases (conditions) with rare clinical remissions, frequent exacerbations, a continuously recurring course, severe decompensation of the functions of organs and systems of the body, the presence of complications and requiring the appointment of continuous treatment;
with physical disabilities, the consequences of injuries and operations with a pronounced violation of the functions of organs and systems of the body and a significant limitation of the possibility of training or work;
disabled children.

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