Atopic dermatitis

This month’s Podcast of the Month is from The Medical Journal of Australia. In a 15 minute podcast Prof Alan Cooper (Dermatologist, Royal North Shore Hospital) discusses what’s new in eczema management and, perhaps more importantly, what hasn’t changed. Which kids respond well to ultraviolet light therapy? If you only get the itch to listen…

Incomplete Kawasaki Disease

  A four year old Japanese male was brought into Emergency with 5 days of fevers, non-exudative bilaterally injected sclerae, erythematous pharynx and irritability. Wondering about the possibility of Kawasaki Disease, I turned to check the 2017 update of the American Heart Association Scientific Statement, focusing on considering a diagnosis of Incomplete Kawasaki Disease.  …

Teething trouble

As the smallest member of the clan grows older it’s time for my reality based revision to move on from normal neonates to something else. We’ve made it through neonatal nasties and tourniquets on toes. It’s something more commonplace that keeps us up at night – something we’ve all been through – teething.

Molluscum contagiosum

  It started as one or two raised little bumps under her arm. They didn’t seem to bother her but as time went on they seemed to increase in number.  As a handful became too many to count her parents became concerned. What were these fleshy little lumps? Why wouldn’t they go away? Could they…

Warts and all

Victor, 11, presents to the ‘minors’ area of your emergency department with a painful wart on his foot. It has been increasing in size over the last three months and is now so sore he can’t walk on it without a limp. His GP suggested trying duct tape, but Victor’s parents were skeptical about this. They’ve sought…

Eczema – an itchy problem

Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition. In most cases it develops in early childhood. It is typified by dry itchy skin and is episodic in nature (except in severe cases). Most children with eczema will experience flares, sometimes as often as three- four times per month. (NICE Guidelines 2007). In today’s part we will…

Cradle Cap

Cradle cap

Cradle cap (infantile seborrhoeic dermatitis) is a self-limiting greasy, scaly rash of unknown cause that most commonly affects the scalps of babies.  Overactive sebaceous glands, maternal hormones and skin yeasts have been suggested as possible causes.



Atopic eczema (also known as childhood eczema or atopic dermatitis) is a chronic paediatric inflammatory skin disease which usually develops in early childhood.

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