Biological basis of child health 8: development of the gastrointestinal system and associated childhood conditions
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Biological basis of child health 8: development of the gastrointestinal system and associated childhood conditions

Danielle Edge Lecturer in Children’s Nursing, London South Bank University, London, 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 gastrointestinal (GI) system

  • To understand the causes and management of various GI 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 eighth in a series on the biological basis of child health. It describes the embryological development of the gastrointestinal (GI) system and some of the structural anomalies that may arise during that time and later affect GI functioning. The article also discusses the functions of the GI tract – including ingestion, digestion, absorption and defecation – and explains how these relate to GI conditions seen in infants and children. GI conditions are common in childhood and some of these will be medical emergencies, so it is important that children’s nurses have knowledge of the GI system and of the presentation and management of GI conditions in children.

Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2020.e1101

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

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Correspondence

kate.davies@lsbu.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Edge D, Davies K (2020) Biological basis of child health 8: development of the gastrointestinal system and associated childhood conditions. Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2020.e1101

Published online: 02 November 2020

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