Crack the back?

A recent article in the Australian press has once again shone a spotlight on the practice of neonatal spinal manipulation by chiropractors. Cite this article as: Tagg, A. Crack the back?, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2016. Available at:

…And they were all yellow

3 day old Christopher was born at term via normal vaginal delivery. There were no problems during or after the birth and he and his mother were discharged on day 2. The domiciliary midwife had been out to do their routine check this morning and thought he was looking a bit yellow and so has…

The Crying Game

Pain in children is often under-recognised and under-treated. This is the screencast of the talk I gave at the recent Emergency Registrars Regional Conference held at Sunshine Hospital in Melbourne. Cite this article as: Tagg, A. The Crying Game, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2015. Available at:

ILCOR 2015 – neonatal summary

The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) is a collaboration between resuscitation groups worldwide. Every few years, they do an enormous evidence based review of resuscitation science which informs resuscitation guidelines all over the world. The 2015 ILCOR consensus document (International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science With Treatment Recommendations) was published…

Induced Hypothermia for Hypoxic-Ischaemic Encephalopathy – Part 3

Bottom Line: Consider and identify hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy early Induced hypothermia aka cooling improves mortality rates without additional adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes at 18 months If the child fits the FEAST criteria during or soon after resus, they might be a candidate for cooling Neonates must only be actively cooled in a tertiary neonatal centre Use…


This video speaks for itself. It’s a beautiful animated narrative on what it’s like to be the father of a sick baby. As it’s Father’s Day in some parts of the world, it seems particularly relevant (from The Telegraph)…   Cite this article as: Davis, T. Fatherhood, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2015. Available at: