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Nutrition and Health in Children and the Role of the Healthcare Worker

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There is considerable scientific interest in determining a child’s optimal dietary requirements that will enhance their growth and development, and how it affects their physical and mental abilities. This includes factors such as the quantity, quality, timing and nutrient components of every meal.

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Childhood is a critical time in the growth and development of a person, and it is a key stage in the establishment of their physical and mental abilities. There is therefore considerable scientific interest in determining a child’s optimal dietary requirements that will enhance and assist this growth and development. This includes factors such as the quantity, quality, timing and nutrient components of every meal. Physical maturation follows the same course for all children, although rates will differ between individuals. Post-natal growth spans three age periods: infancy, which is the first year of life; childhood, which extends from infancy to around 10 years of age; and adolescence, which is defined as between 10 and 18 years of age. Across all developmental stages, changes in body proportions and the mastering of fundamental motor skills are all part of biological maturation. These are also very sensitive to the nutritional status of the individual.

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James Graham is a freelance medical writer with a PhD in neuroscience. After 5 years of being a post-doctoral research scientist, James left the UK in 2014 and set up his own freelance medical writing business, Craftext, on the Gold Coast. James writes for a diverse stable of clients and has quickly accrued experience across a number of different medical and scientific topics as well as writing in a broad range of styles and formats.
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very quick very brief intro into the subject but included further reading sources.
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Quick and easy to read overview of child nutrition
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Susan Alvsaker
22 Oct 2020
interesting but states the obvious. Would of liked more in-depth information about how nurses can support families to change, what works.
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