Caring for children with disabilities

`I recently completed my first rotation as a doctor in the Emergency Department. Prior to entering the medical workforce, I had spent most of my employed life as a respite carer looking after and assisting children with developmental disabilities. I thought about these kids and how difficult an Emergency Department (ED) environment would be for…

Schrodinger’s PANDAS

The existence of PANDAS and other Paediatric Acute Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndromes has been controversial for the last two decades. What is PANDAS? Paediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal infection, is a concept first mooted by Swedo, an American paediatrician in 1998, as a formé fruste (or incomplete form) of Sydenhams Chorea. Swedo SE, Leonard…

Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry

I’ve been lucky enough to be one of the few paediatric registrars allocated to an Adolescent Inpatient Mental Health ward for a 6 month rotation. Although I’d worked in (adult) Psych wards before, I had few well formed ideas about psychiatric theory or practice past how to “do a takedown”. In Shem’s House of God,…

Playing with dolls

With a new baby in the house parents can look forward to sleepless nights and sleepless days, beholden to a creature whose whims they have very little control over.  Life revolves around sleeping, eating and changing nappies with seemingly no respite.  As you queue up in the supermarket to buy another packet of newborn nappies,…

DFTB in Dublin – the Workshops

Having braved international flights half of the team from DFTB (Andy and Henry) have made it to SMACCDub. For those of you not in the know the Social Media And Critical Care conference is in it’s fourth year now and partly inspired us to start Don’t Forget The Bubbles.  Although the editors regularly chat online…

Screen Queens

Life as a parent can be tough – early mornings, convincing your child to eat, having time for yourself. Sometimes you just need five minutes to think.  So what do you do – thrust your mobile device in front of your 3 year old?  Today we explore some of the good, bad and ugly concerns…

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