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Videotaping the child's appearance

Why is it important to videotape the appearance?

The observation of appearance gives general impression about the stature and weight characteristics of a child and allows to establish if there are any:

  • Physical deformities, scars, traces of physical abuse
  • Alarming skin conditions
  • Specific facial features associated with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Rickets
  • Indications of timely passing of certain age milestones

What to record?

A child has to be videotaped from different positions: looking at the camera, from the left and the right side, from the back.
A child should be shown in different positions: standing, seating, walking, laying.
At some point the child should be seen undressed (if very young), or lightly dressed.
Special attention should be paid to the face. It has to be a close-up picture; preferably camera should be positioned at the face level, but not at the angle to the face.
It's very beneficial to videotape the child in naturally occurring situations: during feeding, washing, dressing, playing, running, etc.
            
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