In the recent years ‘safeguarding’ measures to ensure the health and wellbeing of all children has become an increasing focus in the early years. Supporting Children’s Health and Wellbeing helps early years students and practitioners working with children and young people gain an understanding of the key issues relating to children’s health in particular, examining the possible ways in which health can impact upon young children’s early childhood education and care. Packed full of practical advice for the everyday realities of the early years classroom, topics discussed include: • Historical perspectives and contemporary issues related to child health • Current policy and legislation • How to support the child and the family • Nutrition in childhood • Infectious diseases, infestations and the acutely ill child • Children with chronic and complex medical conditions • Coping with the death of a child A timely, topical text that will be invaluable to early years professionals.
Chapter 9: Children with Chronic Conditions
Children with Chronic Conditions
Chapter Aims and Objectives
- To define what is meant by chronic health conditions
- To identify contemporary chronic health conditions
- To explore management of chronic health conditions
- To discuss inclusion of children with chronic health conditions
As you read this chapter, you are encouraged to consider the children you work with who have chronic health conditions.
Defining chronic health conditions
A chronic condition can be defined as one that is of long duration (Concise Medical Dictionary, OUP 2010). Brown, Krieg and Belluck (1995) state that a chronic condition is one that is ‘on-going, lasts for longer than three months, is incurable and can affect everyday life’. Unpacking the terms used in this definition illustrates some of the implications for children and their families of having ...