DFTB17 – Defence Against The Dark Arts

In just two weeks time we are going to be running our very first conference. We have been very lucky to draw on the expertise of some amazing speakers from around the world of paediatrics. Tim Horeczko is hosting an exciting evidence-based medicine panel discussion and wants you to join in.   “It is my…

Quadrivalent Meningococcal Vaccination: W(135)hat’s all the fuss about?

I’ll never forget the throbbing, pounding headache that heralded the onset of meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia as a 14 year old girl; the complete overwhelm of the horrifying physical sensation that is sepsis. Within two hours I was unconscious – but thanks to a vocal family member advocating their concern for how sick I was,…

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…

Pro tips for LPs in kids

Though less commonly performed than it used to be, the lumbar puncture remains a key skill to master for anyone practising acute paediatrics. December’s Archives of Disease in Childhood Education and Practice contains an excellent paper entitled “How to use… lumbar puncture in children” (1), which flashes more pearls than a 4th of July garden…

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