Category: Paediatrics

Safeguarding History – The Basics

Children are vulnerable. Unfortunately, child abuse does happen, and it has a significant and lifelong impact. You may be one of the only professionals to have sufficient access to the child to identify concerns. As such you have the responsibility to be knowledgeable of safeguarding issues and best practices for keeping children safe. This article

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Paediatric Chest Pain

Most of the time, chest pain in children originates from a benign cause. However, paediatric chest pain can be a sign of serious pathology, particularly cardiac. It is important that, as the clinicians who often clerk children when they first present to hospital, FY1 doctors are able to recognise the features that would make chest

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Consenting Children and Adolescents

The rules on consenting children and adolescents can seem a complex business. Putting the theory learned in medical school into practice can be challenging. This article aims to describe the key issues, including the law, when consenting children and adolescents, and to provide some worked examples. Overview As you know, valid consent for adults requires

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Applying to Paediatrics

On the one hand, you wear a Disney lanyard, with a pocket stuffed with stickers, on the other, you are dealing with what is internationally referred to as the most precious of lives. Child medicine requires the silly and light-heartedness in parallel with the calm and intense – if that appeals to you, you’re already

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Describing Skin Lesions

It is quite common for you to need to describe rashes for documentation purposes, to senior colleagues or to refer to various specialties including dermatology. Here is a refresher of the terminology to describe common skin lesions. For more detail, check our source. Systematic Examination Inspect – Observe the overall appearance of the lesion i.e.

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Paediatrics: Communication & Consent

As an FY1 you will likely manage paediatric patients during their admission, often in other specialties like general surgery. Difficult communication scenarios can occur & being prepared and responding to them well can instil confidence in our patients & their parents as well as help us feel more confident in approaching them. Do look at

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Paediatrics: Prescribing

As an FY1 it is likely that you will manage paediatric patients during their admission, often in other specialties like general surgery. Having a few prescribing skills under your belt will help you feel more confident in managing them in these cases. Ask the paediatric team or paediatric pharmacist to provide brief teaching on prescribing

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Paediatrics: Clerking & Discharge tips

As an FY1 it is likely that you will manage paediatric patients during their admission, often in other specialties like general surgery. Having a few paediatric skills under your belt will help you feel more confident admitting them & ensuring you appropriately raise any safeguarding issues and safety net them at discharge with appropriate support.

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