Well Baby Oddities

Well babies can cause angst too… Except that neither parents nor doctors can be sure that they are well, until they have been properly assessed. From funny breathing to blue lips, baby boobs to milk regurgitation, a range of neonatal and infant oddities can present to our Emergency Departments. Some of these babies have real pathology and some have a minor but scary condition, with a great...

January 12th, 2012 by colinparker 

Sick Baby: undifferentiated infant under 3 months

Young infants under 3 months can be pretty scary when they get properly sick. It seems quite ‘veterinary’, and in many ways we just have to screen and treat for sepsis – and ask questions later… But there are a number of other differentials to consider. Signs of illness may be obvious, such as when we are presented with a pale, floppy baby, or they may be more subtle –...

December 29th, 2011 by colinparker 

Neonatal Jaundice

It takes a long time and a lot of exposure to become comfortable with jaundiced newborns. Maybe we just become less cautious or less thorough over time… Most of us feel the need to slow down and consider all the possibilities, before jumping to a benign diagnosis. Hopefully this little review will help you remember some of the basics of neonatal jaundice. [drawing by Charlotte Parker, medium:...

June 16th, 2011 by colinparker