8 Care of Children and Young People

This section of our curriculum guide refers to statement 8, Care of Children and Young People, produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

GPs have an important role in the care of children and young people. Most care for children and young people is delivered outside the hospital setting, and there is good evidence that providing care in primary care delivers improved outcomes in the health of children and young people.

The experiences of children and young people in early life – and even before birth – have a crucial impact on their life chances. Promoting health in children and young people can be included in all contacts with a child, a young person and their family, and should be targeted particularly at the vulnerable and socially excluded. 

Here we have collated key articles from our journals to help you meet the curriculum requirements in this area.

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Vomiting in children

Vomiting in children - red flag symptoms

Dr Suneeta Kochhar covers the possible red flags of children presenting with vomiting,...

Fever in children red flags

Fever of unknown origin in children - red flag symptoms

Common red flag symptoms that may warrant further assessment, including symptoms...

Preventing suicide in children and young people: What can GPs do?

Dr Maria Michail and Dr Faraz Mughal provide some practical tips that GPs should...

NICE issues new guidance on faltering growth in children

GPs should advise parents of underweight children to allow their child to be 'messy'...

Asthma in children

Respiratory nurse Jane Scullion and GP Dr Steve Holmes outline common symptoms of...

Self-harm in children and young people

How to recognise the signs and symptoms of self-harm in young people and the common...

Managing cows' milk allergy in primary care

Dr Joanne Walsh highlights the challenges of diagnosing cows' milk protein allergy...

GP dilemma: Child malnutrition

How do I deal with parents who I think may not be feeding their child properly?

Emotional distress in children and young people

How to recognise emotional distress in children and young people and when to refer...

Weight faltering and failure to thrive

Advice on helping parents to manage feeding difficulties, excluding medical problems...

Acute erythematous rashes in children

Infectious causes of erythematous rashes in children and important differential diagnoses.

Clinical review: Paediatric pertussis

The management of pertussis (whooping cough) including making the diagnosis, suitable...

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