Anyone who has had the pleasure of seeing a child develop can marvel at how differently the various parts of the body grow. For example, most head growth takes place within the first few years of life. On the other hand, anyone who has had to purchase shoes for a teenager can attest to the rapid growth of the feet during adolescence.
The miracles of growth and development are likely what attract many doctors to specialize in the care of children and teenagers. Yet those miracles also come with unique challenges: Because children are not simply miniature adults, their physical characteristics are often quite different.