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 

Fever: NICE to get guidance

Three years ago the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in the UK released their guidance on the assessment and initial management of feverish illness in young children (CG47).  Most of the world outside of Britain has not been using this guidance, but we thought it would be useful to delve a bit deeper to see whether we could all benefit from the insights of their expert panel. To listen...

December 16th, 2010 by colinparker 

Bronchiolitis (part 1 of 2)

We interrupt the alphabet to bring you… respiratory viruses in the southern hemisphere. We wanted to get this one in before the end of bronchiolitis season. Bronchiolitis is so common, we all need to know about it… Standard Podcast [ 39:29 ]
September 9th, 2010 by colinparker