Biological basis of child health 5: development of the respiratory system and elements of respiratory assessment
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Biological basis of child health 5: development of the respiratory system and elements of respiratory assessment

Doreen Crawford Nurse Adviser, Crawford-McKenzie, Colsterworth, Lincolnshire, England
Kate Davies Senior Lecturer in non-medical Prescribing, London South Bank University and honorary research fellow in paediatric endocrinology, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, London, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your knowledge of the development of the respiratory system before and after birth

  • To understand the causes and management of various common respiratory conditions that infants and children may present with

  • To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

This article is the fifth in a series on the biological basis of child health. It describes the development of the respiratory system, which starts relatively late in the embryo and continues after birth until the age of seven to eight years. It explains what the developing anatomy of the respiratory system in infants and children means in terms of the conditions that may occur and the precautions required when assessing them. The article provides an overview of the elements of respiratory assessment in infants and children and describes some respiratory conditions seen in these patient groups. It also discusses some of the changes in the care of children with respiratory conditions, which has increasingly moved from hospital into the community and become nurse-led, multidisciplinary and holistic.

Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2020.e1246

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

doreen@crawfordmckenzie.co.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Crawford D, Davies K (2020) Biological basis of child health 5: development of the respiratory system and elements of respiratory assessment. Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2020.e1246

Published online: 17 August 2020

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