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Bubble Wrap PLUS – September ’23


Can’t get enough of Bubble Wrap? The Bubble Wrap Plus is a monthly paediatric journal club reading list from Anke Raaijmakers, working with Professor Jaan Toelen and his team at the University Hospitals in Leuven. This comprehensive list is developed from 34 journals, including major and subspecialty paediatric journals. We suggest this list can help you discover relevant or interesting articles for your local journal club or allow you to keep a finger on the pulse of paediatric research.

This month’s list features answers to intriguing questions such as: ‘How efficient is rubella vaccination during pregnancy?’, ‘What is the relation between screen time and communication in youngsters?’, ‘Are proton pump inhibitors associated with serious infections in young children?’, ‘Is ‘water-drinking’ promotion at school an effective way to fight obesity?’ and ‘Is neonatal clinical examination reliable to detect hip dysplasia?’.

You will find the list is broken down into four sections:

1.Reviews and opinion articles

Forgotten Pediatrics: 8 Disturbing Windows on the Past.

Cruz AT, et al. Pediatrics. 2023 Aug 23:e2023062806.

A Clinician’s Guide to Gluten Challenge.

Singh A, et al. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2023 Aug 23.

Eu- or hypoglycemic ketosis and ketoacidosis in children: a review.

Meoli M, et al. Pediatr Nephrol. 2023 Aug 16.

Current Management of Pediatric Parapneumonic Pleural Effusions and Pleural Empyema.

Forster J, et al. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2023 Aug 2.

Clostridioides difficile Infection in Children: Recent Updates on Epidemiology, Diagnosis, Therapy.

Shirley DA, et al. Pediatrics. 2023 Aug 10:e2023062307

Rosacea in children: a review.

Chiriac A, et al. Eur J Pediatr. 2023 Aug 9.

‘Doctor, isn’t there anything else you can do?’: The ethics of information sharing with parents in paediatric care.

Antolovich G, et al. J Paediatr Child Health. 2023 Aug 2.

Asthma, classical conditioning, and the autonomic nervous system – a hypothesis for why children wheeze.

Connett GJ. Arch Dis Child. 2023 Aug 30:archdischild-2023-325441.

2.Original clinical studies

Osteoarticular Infections: Younger Children With Septic Arthritis and Low Inflammatory Patterns Have a Better Prognosis in a European Cohort.

Gouveia C, et al. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2023 Aug 21.

Congenital Rubella Syndrome Following Rubella Vaccination During Pregnancy.

Bouthry E, et al. Pediatrics. 2023 Aug 25:e2022057627.

Dynamics of Pediatric Antibiotic Use Differ between High- and Low-Prescribing Clinics After Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines.

Danino D, et al. J Pediatr. 2023 Aug 21:113679.

The effects of mydriatic eye drops on cerebral blood flow and oxygenation in retinopathy of prematurity examinations.

Kara N, et al. Eur J Pediatr. 2023 Aug 22

Developmental Trajectories of Autism.

Fountain C, et al. Pediatrics. 2023 Aug 24:e2022058674.

Screen Time at Age 1 Year and Communication and Problem-Solving Developmental Delay at 2 and 4 Years.

Takahashi I, et al. JAMA Pediatr. 2023 Aug 21:e233057.

Kawasaki disease, multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, and adenoviral infection: a scoring system to guide differential diagnosis.

Fabi M, et al. Eur J Pediatr. 2023 Aug 19.

Enterovirus Central Nervous System Infection in Infancy, the Value of Routine Testing.

Giva S, et al. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2023 Aug 17

Lack of follow-up for celiac disease during childhood not associated with poor health outcomes: A regional Swedish cohort study.

Ulnes M, et al. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2023 Aug 15.

Proton Pump Inhibitor Use and Risk of Serious Infections in Young Children.

Lassalle M, et al. JAMA Pediatr. 2023 Aug 14:e232900.

Diversity of Parent Emotions and Physician Responses During End-of-Life Conversations.

Prins , et al. Pediatrics. 2023 Aug 14:e2022061050.

Factors associated with physical inactivity among the pre-school children: A cohort of 1681 participants.

Huang J, et al. J Paediatr Child Health. 2023 Aug 14.

Neonatal Thrombocytopenia: Factors Associated with the Platelet Count Increment Following Platelet Transfusion.

Christensen RD, et al. J Pediatr. 2023 Aug 10:113666

Developing rights-based standards for children having tests, treatments, examinations and interventions: using a collaborative, multi-phased, multi-method and multi-stakeholder approach to build consensus.

Bray L, et al. Eur J Pediatr. 2023 Aug 11.

Ultrasound assessment of endotracheal tube depth in neonates: a prospective feasibility study.

Levkovitz O, et al. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2023 Aug 8

Early Human Milk Fortification in Infants Born Extremely Preterm: A Randomized Trial.

Salas AA, et al. Pediatrics. 2023 Aug 8:e2023061603.

Sooner Is Better: Early Human Milk Fortification for Hospitalized Preterm Infants <29 Weeks.

Belfort MB. Pediatrics. 2023 Aug 8:e2023062391.

Effectiveness of a School Drinking Water Promotion and Access Program for Overweight Prevention.

Patel AI, et al. Pediatrics. 2023 Aug 7:e2022060021.

Neonatal clinical examination and selective ultrasound screening are not reliable for the early diagnosis of hip dysplasia: A retrospective cohort study.

Johnson MD, et al. J Paediatr Child Health. 2023 Aug 7.

The Mortality of Congenital Syphilis.

Wozniak PS, et al. J Pediatr. 2023 Aug 1;263:113650.

Mobile apps and children’s privacy: a traffic analysis of data sharing practices among children’s mobile iOS apps.

Pimienta J, et al. Arch Dis Child. 2023 Aug 27:archdischild-2023-325960.

External validation of a multivariable prediction model for identification of pneumonia and other serious bacterial infections in febrile immunocompromised children.

Martin AJ, et al. Arch Dis Child. 2023 Aug 27:archdischild-2023-325869.

Timing of Primary Surgery for Cleft Palate.

Gamble C, et al. N Engl J Med. 2023 Aug 31;389(9):795-807.

Prenatal Intravenous Magnesium at 30-34 Weeks’ Gestation and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Offspring: The MAGENTA Randomized Clinical Trial.

Crowther CA, et al. JAMA. 2023 Aug 15;330(7):603-614.

Intrapartum Magnesium for Neuroprotection: Revisiting Gestational Age Criteria.

Louis JM, et al. JAMA. 2023 Aug 15;330(7):597-598.

3.Guidelines and best evidence

Blended diets for tube-fed children and young people: a rapid review update.

Phillips G, et al. Arch Dis Child. 2023 Aug 18:archdischild-2023-325929.

Pediatric Decision Making: Consensus Recommendations.

Salter EK, et al. Pediatrics. 2023 Aug 9:e2023061832.

Lumbar puncture position in infants-a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Kuitunen I, et al. Eur J Pediatr. 2023 Aug 4.

4.Case reports

Gonococcal Conjunctivitis in a 10-year-old: Indication of Sexual Abuse?

Lopes C, et al. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2023 Aug 23.

Idiopathic facial aseptic granuloma in a healthy 3-year-old girl.

Mologousis MA, et al. J Pediatr. 2023 Aug 19:113684.

A Child With a Brief History of Coughing Up Blood.

Reddy A, et al. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2023 Sep 1;42(9):829-832.

Transient Pigmentary Lines of the Newborn.

Nguyen K, et al. J Pediatr. 2023 Aug 3;263:113662

Case 26-2023: A 15-Year-Old Girl with Abdominal Pain and an Ovarian Mass.

Zuckerman AL, et al. N Engl J Med. 2023 Aug 24;389(8):750-758.

Noisy breathing in a 2-month-old baby: a pulmonary artery sling.

Spencer R, et al. Lancet. 2023 Aug 19;402(10402):655.

If we have missed out on something useful or you think other articles are absolutely worth sharing, please add them in the comments!


  • Anke Raaijmakers is a paediatric nephrologist, currently working as clinician and researcher in Sydney (Sydney Children’s Hospital, Australia). She did her training in Belgium and Australia and previously worked as general paediatrician and paediatric nephrologist in Antwerp (ZNA Jan Palfijn, Belgium). She is passionate about education, teaching, and research and has completed a PhD on health outcomes of preterm infants. Anke strongly believes in the importance of evidence-based medicine, helping to run journal clubs everywhere she works and the BubbleWrapPlus. In her free time, she loves to play hockey and hike with her husband and three kids.


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