Deciduous dental damage

As my youngest daughter continues to her quest for her two front teeth, my eldest has lost two of hers. They came out naturally with minimal fuss though as they were hanging on by a (peri-odontal) thread she asked me lots of questions about teeth. Given that I was not trained as a dentist I thought…

The 7th Bubble Wrap

With millions upon millions of journal articles being published every year it is impossible to keep up.  Every month we ask some of our friends from PERUKI (Paediatric Emergency Research in UK and Ireland) to point out something that has caught their eye. Cite this article as: Leo, G. The 7th Bubble Wrap, Don't Forget the…

Cotton buds

Every now and then an article comes along that reminds me that some of the old wives tales are true. This is one of them… Cite this article as: Tagg, A. Cotton buds, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at: http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.11951

Never Enough

As I transition into my new(-ish) role as an emergency physician in a department that sees only the occasional child I worry that my skills are becoming degraded. I am sure that I am not the only one. Cite this article as: Tagg, A. Never Enough, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at: http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.11306

Challenging consultations

A recent consultation with a patient did not go well. One initial seed of patient dissatisfaction could not be appeased and it just spiralled as the consultation went downhill. The patient left feeling unhappy, threatening to sue me if they died in the night, and I was left with a sinking sensation in the pit of…

Mandible x-rays

An orthopantomogram (OPG) is a good view to demonstrate most mandibular fractures.   A PA mandible shows the displacement of fractures. It also demonstrates symphysis menti fractures which can be missed on the OPG. If an OPG cannot be obtained, a lateral view can be helpful. The body and ramus can be viewed along with…

The not-so Secret Life of Pets

Everyone knows that Australia is one of the most dangerous countries in the world. It houses deadly spiders, snakes and sea life as well as the deadly drop-bear*. But more children are injured by pets every year than any of the native species. Cite this article as: Tagg, A. The not-so Secret Life of Pets,…