What's Different About Children?
Children are different. They are different from adults in their anatomy, their physiology and their psychology. Most children are healthy to start with – although some are born with congenital diseases. As healthy children grow older, illnesses, injuries and the ageing process damage their bodies. Various problems begin to emerge – including heart disease, respiratory problems, and so on. This chapter describes the differences between adults and children and how this particularly is relevant when assessing the unwell child.
- Little adults?
- Physical and physiological differences
- Assessing the sick child
- Communicating with children