Understanding fluid homeostasis in infants and children: part 1
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Understanding fluid homeostasis in infants and children: part 1

Doreen Crawford Nurse adviser, Crawford McKenzie consultancy, Lincolnshire, England

Fluid requirements differ between infants and children. It is important for children's nurses to understand the principles of fluid mechanics and apply this understanding to ensure each child's state of hydration, and thereby preserve their safety and well-being. This two-part article aims to introduce the concept of fluid balance and electrolytes to children's nursing students, help them identify what is normal and what is not, and provide guidance on what actions should be taken when problems occur.

Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2018.e947



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Received: 29 April 2017

Accepted: 05 June 2017

Published online: 07 February 2018