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The Hands-on Guide to Practical Paediatrics

Rebecca Hewitson, Caroline Fertleman

ISBN: 978-1-118-46358-1 February 2014 Wiley-Blackwell 280 Pages


Winner of the Paediatrics category at the BMA Book Awards 2015

About to start a paediatrics rotation?
Working with children for the first time?
Thinking about a career in paediatrics?

The Hands-on Guide to Practical Paediatrics is the ultimate practical guide for medical students encountering paediatrics for the first time, junior doctors thinking about working with children, and new paediatric trainees. It’s full of vital information on practical procedures, prescribing for young patients, and communicating with children and young people, as well as guidance on the paediatric training programme and paediatrics as a career.

Full of clinical tips, and covering key information on developmental stages, common paediatric emergencies and ethical dilemmas, and child protection, The Hands-on Guide to Practical Paediatrics is also supported by online resources including practice prescribing scenarios and video content at

Take the stress out of paediatrics with The Hands-on Guide!

Preface xi

Acknowledgements xii

About the companion website xiii

1 Getting started 1

2 Child development 19

3 Communication with children and their parents 37

4 Child protection and safeguarding 60

5 Common paediatric emergencies 88

6 Practical procedures 144

7 Prescribing in children 179

8 Teenagers 192

9 Neonates 200

10 Looking after yourself 218

11 Developing your career 234

Index 257

The Hands-on Guide to Practical Paediatrics Companion website  includes practice prescribing scenarios and videos.