An introduction to growth and atypical growth in childhood and adolescence
Lee Martin Clinical nurse specialist, paediatric endocrinology, Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, London
Jacqueline Collin Lecturer, King’s College London
This is the first of a series of continuing professional development articles that provide insight into the sphere of practice of paediatric endocrinology nurse specialists. The article is aimed at registered nurses and nursing students who are interested in reviewing their knowledge of normal childhood growth and exploring potential reasons for, and consequences of, atypical growth. It discusses the stages and physiology of growth through childhood and adolescence. There is a focus on auxology, reviewing usual and more specialist measurement and assessment techniques used to collect data on a child’s growth. Potential causes of atypical growth are explored, which may present as tall or short stature, requiring referral to specialist services.
Nursing Children and Young People. 27, 6, 29-37. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.27.6.29.e591Correspondence
This article has been subject to open peer review and checked using antiplagiarism softwareConflict of interest
Received: 29 October 2014
Accepted: 05 February 2015