Two Tribes?

Setting up a conference can be a challenge. When you have a product that you want to to market you have to first know your target audience.  We have a broad readership at Don’t Forget The Bubbles and so defining our target audience has been a particular challenge.  Readers will know that we aim to…

Facial bone x-rays

There are two views – occipito-mental view and occipito-mental 30o view The occipito-mental view demonstrates the upper and middle thirds of the face including the orbital margins, frontal sinuses, zygomatic arches and maxillary antra The occipito-mental 30o view shows 30o of caudal angulation. The orbits are seen less well, but zygomatic arches and the walls…

CVADs – a survival guide

This guest post is from Amanda Ullman, Tricia Kleidon, Anna Dean and the Paediatric Vascular Assessment and Management Service, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane. We all love reliability. Central venous access devices (CVADs) are everywhere – across disciplines and departments, and we just want them to work reliably, without complication. But every day, somewhere in your…

DFTB17 : Registration open!

Book your leave and prepare for an incendiary educational experience; DFTB17 is now open for registration! REGISTER NOW! For three days next August, prepare to be wowed by a variety of changemakers from Australia, the UK and USA, who have altered the face of paediatric healthcare, in keeping with our theme “Making a difference”. Our…

Paediatricians: are they just little adults?

The DFTB team could not let this landmark article pass by unmentioned. In this study, the authors finally investigate the serious problem of short stature amongst paediatricians. We have always felt smaller than the rest of the medical population, but is that just an inferiority complex, or are they actually looking down at us?

Life can be cruel

This article was posted with the support of Shosh and Jonny. If you have any information about treatment options, anywhere in the world, then please contact tesssardavis@me.com. Life can be cruel. We see it all the time in our clinical practice but when it moves into our personal sphere then our perspective changes. Eve* is the…

The sweet bird of truth

The use of social media has yet to hit the mainstream of medical education and, as such, those of us that spend our time online are often asked to explain exactly what we do. I was given the opportunity to speak to the Melbourne Paediatric Emergency Medicine trainees about the whys, hows and the so…

Or Not…

With an impending new arrival I was excited about the educational opportunities that would arise.  I’d read up my fetal physiology and was eagerly awaiting the chance to write a series of posts on what normal babies do.  I had planned to take pictures of meconium filled nappies and film normal neonatal reflexes. I’d made…

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,…