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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.

Contents include

  • Little adults?
  • Physical and physiological differences
  • Assessing the sick child
  • Communicating with children
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Gerry has over 40 years of paediatric nursing experience, including 16 years in the emergency department of the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. The last 10 years at this renowned hospital were spent as a clinical nurse educator. Gerry then worked for 16 years part-time as a paediatric nurse educator at the Angliss Hospital in Melbourne’s east and also ran her own business in paediatric health education. She retired from clinical nursing in December 2017 but continues with her teaching to nurses and community groups. Her teaching is consistently highly evaluated by participants who at...

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