Intersex – the background

Most of us consider sex as a black or white issue. You are either male or female. But the truth is not as simple as that. The development of sexual characteristis lies on a spectrum. The arbitrary terms of male or female are a human definition rather than a natural one. A person may be born…

Happy 3rd Birthday!

It was shortly after the first SMACC conference in Sydney that the idea for Don’t Forget The Bubbles was formed. Today is our third birthday! Since we have been going we have put out over 450 posts by more than 50 authors.  Without the support of our families and the wider community we would never…

Read all about it!

Here at Don’t Forget The Bubbles we are huge proponents of FOAMed.  It is our raison d’etre. Information that is stuck  behind paywalls will inevitably take time to trickle down to the practitioner who has piles of plastic wrapped journals sitting in their in tray still waiting to be opened, let alone read.

Lessons from Bankstown

A report has been released by the Chief Medical Officer, NSW, outlining the finding of the recent events in Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital, where a baby died following a neonatal resuscitation. There are lessons to be learned for all of us from this tragic case. Here, we summarise the findings. The full report can be read here….

Don’t worry, B happy

A male baby, age 7 days, presented to the Emergency Department with an 11 hour history of reduced feeding. He was afebrile but had a petechial rash, lethargy and poor perfusion. He was born by uncomplicated, term vaginal delivery and went home at 5 days of age with his parents and a fully immunised 2-year-old…

Meredith Borland, part 2

The Paediatric Emergency Department is a relatively unique area in medicine as the registrar workforce usually comes from one of two backgrounds: Emergency or Paediatrics. Consequently, we strive to have the optimal combination of both specialties – The Sweet Spot. The two groups come with a very different skillset and approach to medical care. In some…

Meredith Borland, part 1

The Paediatric Emergency Department is a relatively unique area in medicine as the registrar workforce usually comes from one of two backgrounds: Emergency or Paediatrics. Consequently, we strive to have the optimal combination of both specialties – The Sweet Spot. The two groups come with a very different skillset and approach to medical care. In some…

Cupping in kids

Cupping has become a hot topic this weeks thanks to Michael Phelps’ noticeable marks as he swam to Olympic Gold. But what’s the basis for cupping, and in there any place for it in managing childhood disease? There is no place for using cupping as a treatment in children. There is no evidence at all…

A new approach to febrile infants

The fortnight has seen two hot off the press articles by a group from the Basque Country. They are challenging the existing paradigm in the investigation and management of febrile infants with their “Step by step” approach. The approach questions the relative supremacy of the Rochester criteria as a basis for investigating and managing infants under…