A 10-year-old child has been evaluated for a learning disability and has been diagnosed with absence

A 10-year-old child has been evaluated for a learning
disability and has been diagnosed with absence seizures. Ethosuximide
(Zarontin) has been ordered and the nurse is teaching the client and family
about the drug. Because of the client’s age, it is important to include
instructions to:

1. Curtail after-school sports activities because the drug’s
metabolism may be increased with physical activity. 2. Increase intake of
calcium-rich foods and vitamin D to prevent bone loss. 3. Monitor height and
weight weekly to be sure GI side effects are not hindering nutrition and normal
growth. 4.

A 10-year-old child has been evaluated for a learning
disability and has been diagnosed with absence seizures. Ethosuximide
(Zarontin) has been ordered and the nurse is teaching the client and family
about the drug. Because of the client’s age, it is important to include
instructions to:

1. Curtail after-school sports activities because the drug’s
metabolism may be increased with physical activity. 2. Increase intake of
calcium-rich foods and vitamin D to prevent bone loss. 3. Monitor height and
weight weekly to be sure GI side effects are not hindering nutrition and normal
growth. 4. Increase fluid intake to avoid dehydration caused by the drug.