Poop Patrol

It’s the one question that all parents seem to ask about their newborn – “Is this normal? How can such a small thing create such a lot of mess?” One of the things that stood out to me from Ross Fisher’s presentation on “What every Paediatric Surgeon wished you knew” was the line “There is…

Urine collection

Urine, the other amber nectar, is something we seem to want to check in nearly every unwell appearing child.  But what do you do if they just don’t want to go?  You’ve filled them up with icy poles or dilute apple juice and you are just waiting for a sample to be produced.  As a…

Blue Ringed Octopus

One of the highlights of the holiday season, here in Australia, is being able to go to the beach (please don’t try this in the north). Victoria is one of the safer states when it comes to dangerous critters but the local news has reported sightings of another of the ‘world’s deadliest creatures’ at my…

Ears looking at you, kid

Earache is a leading cause of grumpiness in children.  A recent paper in the New England Journal of Medicine has suggested that a 10 day course of antibiotics is more effective than a 5 day course in treating acute otitis media and, as such, should be considered in infants under 2 years with otitis media. But…

Happy Holidays!

The team at Don’t Forget The Bubbles would like to wish all of those who come and visit us online a happy holiday season. To make sure it is a good one we’ll leave you with this paper from the aptly named Journal of Happiness Studies… Kasser T, Sheldon KM. What makes for a merry…

Our Friends in the North

As Christmas approaches I still cannot get used to it in the southern hemisphere. Coming from England I am used to a cold, dark, and often wet, festive season, with its attendant medical problems. I was reminded of this whilst listening to the latest podcast from Ken Milne and the Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine.

Ketamine

You can keep staring at the 3 year old’s deep eyebrow laceration, desperate to glue it, but you know it needs to be sutured. Now what?   Injured or distressed children present us with difficulties in the emergency department. Children experience a more intense physical and emotional reaction to painful or threatening procedures than adults….

Navel Gazing

Love them or hate them, everyone* has one. The umbilical stump is all that remains of the physical bond the neonate has with their mother.  We’ve looked at the importance of the umbilical vessels as a means of oxygenation, but the time must come to cut the cord. The normal umbilical cord For those of you familiar…

Ready, steady…

It started four years ago. I squirm uncomfortably just thinking about it. I had been a doctor for 9 years, and performed many procedures on children and babies with no problems – cannulas, lumbar punctures, skin biopsies, central lines, chest drains, umbilical lines, intubations, CPR, defibrillation. This was just suturing.