Biological basis of child health 6: development of the skeletal system and orthopaedic conditions
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Biological basis of child health 6: development of the skeletal system and orthopaedic conditions

Doreen Crawford Nurse Adviser, Crawford-McKenzie, Colsterworth, England
Beth Wilson Named nurse for safeguarding children, Sutton Health and Care, Sutton, Surrey, England
Kate Davies Senior lecturer, children's nursing, School of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University, London, England

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

  • To understand the causes and management of various common orthopaedic 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 sixth in a series on the biological basis of child health. It provides an overview of the development of the skeletal system before and after birth, and outlines the potential congenital anomalies that may occur.

The article explains the structure and function of the bones before describing the role of the joints, tendons and ligaments. It also outlines the presentation and management of some of the common orthopaedic conditions seen in infants and children, including fractures, osteogenesis imperfecta, scoliosis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, developmental dysplasia of the hip and achondroplasia.

Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2020.e1248

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, Wilson B, Davies K (2020) Biological basis of child health 6: development of the skeletal system and orthopaedic conditions. Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2020.e1248

Published online: 07 September 2020

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