Tessa Davis is a paediatric emergency registrar from Glasgow and Sydney, but currently living in London. Tessa tries to spend time with her 3 kids in between shifts. @tessardavis | + Tessa Davis | Tessa's DFTB posts

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Anaphylaxis Q+A

Jason is a 2 year boy who presents to ED with a rash and cough. He had peanut butter for the first time about 20 minutes ago, and he suddenly started vomiting then coughing. His face is swelling and he sounds very wheezy. 

Lumbar Punctures


This week’s Vodcast of the Week is Brad Sobolewski’s fantastic teaching on lumbar puncture in children. He covers indications, anatomy, and complications of LP; and the video includes a demonstration of positioning and optimising your technique. This is without a doubt the best and most comprehensive teaching I have seen on this procedure. You can…

Button Batteries

This week’s Podcast of the Week is from our favourite UK PEM team, St Emlyn’s. In this excellent 15 minutes podcast, Simon Carley and Natalie May discuss the dangers of button batteries. We have all been hearing in the new about how dangerous they, and this podcast tells us how to investigate, when to worry,…

Examining for a cleft palate

A 6 week old baby is referred with poor feeding. On examination you notice a cleft palate that has been previously undetected at the earlier babychecks. What is the best way to examine newborns in order to detect all cleft palates? The RCPCH and NICE have released a joint consensus guideline (October 2014) on best…

SonoKids Pneumonia

This week’s vodcast is a great new series by SonoKids. Kasia Hampton gives us a crash course in diagnosing pneumonia using ultrasonography. In this vodcast that is less than ten minutes long, Kasia covers all the basics. It starts with an overview of the normal lung anatomy as seen on ultrasound and continues right through to…

Do corneal abrasions cause crying in neonates?

Crying babies are a common presentation, and our list of differential diagnosis includes: viral and bacterial infections; fractures; hair tourniquets; intussusception; subdural haematomas; supraventricular tachycardia; and corneal abrasions. This study looks at the prevalence of corneal abrasions and aims to identify whether corneal abrasions are associated with fingernail length and increased crying. Shope TR, Rieg TS,…