Mel Thompson: Eradicating scabies at DFTB17

Cite this article as: DFTB, T. Mel Thompson: Eradicating scabies at DFTB17, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at: http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.13896This talk was recorded live on the second day of DFTB17 in Brisbane. If you missed out in 2017 then why not book your leave for 2018 now. Tickets are on sale for the pre-conference workshops…

A Difficult Beast

Cite this article as: Courtney, A. A Difficult Beast, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at: http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.12455A 14 year old girl was brought in by her family with lethargy, agitation, and confusion. Her past medical history includes depression and a recent viral upper respiratory tract infection.   Bottom Line: Encephalitis is caused by inflammation of…

Incomplete Kawasaki Disease

Cite this article as: Courtney, A. Incomplete Kawasaki Disease, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at: http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.12282  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…

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

Cite this article as: Williams, P. Quadrivalent Meningococcal Vaccination: W(135)hat’s all the fuss about?, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at: http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.12309I’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…

A gentle nudge…

Cite this article as: Davis, T. A gentle nudge…, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at: http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.11516Children have a right to receive healthcare regardless of the decisions made by their parents. This week, the RACP released a further statement citing refusal to treat patients for non-vaccination as ‘unethical coercion’. Whilst the majority of paediatricians are…

CVADs – a survival guide

Cite this article as: Ullman, A. CVADs – a survival guide, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2016. Available at: http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.10530This guest post is from Amanda Ullman, Tricia Kleidon, Anna Dean and the Paediatric Vascular Assessment and Management Service, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane. We all love reliability. Central venous access devices (CVADs) are everywhere – across disciplines…

Big Picture Paediatrics : Adverse Childhood Experiences

Cite this article as: Goldstein, H. Big Picture Paediatrics : Adverse Childhood Experiences, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2016. Available at: http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.10082So much of paediatrics, and medicine in general, is focussed on small experimental or observational studies. This series of posts takes the wider view; we’re talking here about some of the biggest and longest running…

The not-so Secret Life of Pets

Cite this article as: Tagg, A. The not-so Secret Life of Pets, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2016. Available at: http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.10118Everyone 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…

A new approach to febrile infants

Cite this article as: Goldstein, H. A new approach to febrile infants, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2016. Available at: http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.9565The fortnight has seen two hot off the press articles by a group from the Basque Country. They are challenging the existing paradigm in the investigation and management of febrile infants with their “Step by step” approach….

Key trials in developing countries – 2015-2016

Cite this article as: Tagg, A. Key trials in developing countries – 2015-2016, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2016. Available at: http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.7460Here is a recently published booklet which summarises much of the latest research on child health in developing countries. It consists of evidence derived from all the randomised trials published over the last year. Professor…

Probiotics in review

Cite this article as: Goldstein, H. Probiotics in review, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2016. Available at: http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.9304Like almost every other human entering a pharmacy in the ten last years, I was offered some probiotics when I collected a prescription recently. On my walk back to the car I mused about the evidence behind the shop-assistant’s…

Whoop, Whoop, Hooray

Cite this article as: Tagg, A. Whoop, Whoop, Hooray, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2016. Available at: http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.8344Henry Goldstein wrote an excellent article on pertussis a few years ago.  With some interesting new data coming to press with regard to risk factors for complications of the disease we thought it might be worthwhile doing some spaced…