Constipation in Kids

The Silent Giant. The Big Brown Elephant in the room: Constipation… Does it make you want to run and hide? Or leave it for someone else to sort out? Join us for a structured approach to the diagnosis and management of constipation.  And let us know your favourite recipe, or a few poo pearls… Constipation in kids PEMcast [ 42:32 ]
November 22nd, 2013 by colinparker 

Headaches in kids

Pediatric Emergency Departments see a few children a day with headache. So how do we pick out the serious ones? In this “noggin-cast” we explore the causes of headache, including Primary headache like migraine and tension headache, secondary headaches from viral illness, and a few other strange ones… Headache PEMcast [ 31:39 ]
April 18th, 2013 by colinparker 

Kiddy Tox

Fortunately for us, younger kids are less dedicated in their efforts to harm themselves with a variety of poisons… On the other hand, their sneaky inventiveness knows no bounds, when it comes to getting hold of something that they shouldn’t. The principles of Clinical Toxicology are similar in kids and adults, but there are a few additional aspects to consider. Join us on a sketch of...

February 25th, 2012 by colinparker 

Clearing the Paediatric C-Spine

Excluding a broken neck or a spinal cord injury: can be tricky. We know what to do when there is an obvious bony, ligamentous or cord injury… but do you want to be the one who takes responsibility to give the ‘all clear’? Fortunately, serious injuries to the cervical spine, whether bony, ligamentous, or spinal cord injury, are uncommon in the really young… which is lucky for...

June 2nd, 2011 by colinparker 

Cervical Spine Assessment in Children

Neck Injuries in kids are fortunately quite uncommon, but the assessment of a child with a potential cervical spine injury remains stressful and challenging.  No-one wants to miss a broken neck… Because of the anatomical, physiological and behavioural differences, we can’t just do what we do for adults either. How common is SCIWORA? How aggressively do we need to apply immobilisation...

May 19th, 2011 by colinparker 

Breathing (part 3 of 4)

When do you refer a child with breathing difficulty to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit? What settings should you use for the ventilator, to avoid causing harm? These questions are discussed with our panel of rank amateurs… and one expert. Outline: Kate: Ward or PICU? “criteria” for considering mechanical ventilation. Dan: Ventilator settings for dummies & avoiding VILI. Stay...

July 15th, 2010 by colinparker