Biological basis of child health 7: growth, development and the reproductive system
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Biological basis of child health 7: growth, development and the reproductive system

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 refresh your knowledge of the stages of growth and developmental milestones in childhood

  • To enable you to understand various conditions that can affect growth and development in children

  • 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 seventh in a series on the biological basis of child health. It describes early developmental milestones, stages of growth, puberty and the development of the reproductive system. It also outlines the methods used to assess growth and development, and describes conditions that affect growth and development in infants, children and young people. Understanding childhood growth and development is crucial for children’s nurses, who need to be able to identify potential deviations from the norm, since these often reveal underlying conditions that require treatment.

Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2020.e1308

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Correspondence

kate.davies@lsbu.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Davies K (2020) Biological basis of child health 7: growth, development and the reproductive system. Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2020.e1308

Published online: 05 October 2020

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