Child and youth health

MedTalk Series: Asthma in children

Dr Diana North, Goodfellow Unit GP Advisor talks with Dr David McNamara, Paediatric Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Specialist employed at Starship Childrens Hospital in Auckland, NZ. 

Dr McNamara discusses what is new in the diagnosis and management of asthma in children up to 16 years of age. The goals of treatment and using a stepped approach to treatment in children is overviewed, as well as:

Asthma management in children

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the respiratory tract.

New Zealand has one of the highest reported cases of asthma globally. In New Zealand the prevalence of asthma is highest amongst children and young adults and is dominant amongst Māori and Pacific children.

Māori and Pacific children:

Atopic eczema in children

Eczema (atopic eczema or atopic dermatitis) is an itchy inflammatory skin disease most commonly seen in children. It is characterised by pruritis and inflamed, dry, scaling and crusted skin.  If the condition becomes chronic lichenification (thickening) and hyperpigmentation of the skin are seen.

Eczematous skin has reduced skin barrier function, cutaneous inflammation with increased susceptibility to irritants, and higher rates of Staphylococcus aureus colonisation. 

Webinar: Innovations in managing childhood eczema

This webinar was on innovations in managing childhood eczema, introduced and moderated by Professor Bruce Arroll with valuable input and insights from Jessica Tiplady.

The webinar covered questions and issues on managing childhood eczema, with Jessica's insights on her clinic's nurse-led eczema clinic and its positive benefits.

Childhood anxiety - Amy Bird

Dr Amy Bird is a clinical psychologist specialising in anxiety disorders. She is also a lecturer in mental health with the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care at The University of Auckland.

Common childhood orthopaedic problems - Andrew Graydon

Doctor Andrew Graydon talks about common childhood orthopaedic problems. Andrew is a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Starship children’s hospital and at Eastwood orthopaedic clinic in Auckland. His areas of interest are general paediatrics, hip foot and ankle surgery along with musculoskeletal oncology.

MercyAscot - Paediatric Care Update

At this 1day MercyAscot Education Series workshop Orthopaedic Surgeon Andrew Graydon, General Surgeon James Hamill and ENT Surgeon Melanie Collins covered a range of paediatric topics, including hernias, ENT issue and the challenges of managing paediatric patients.

Paediatric fever management

Fever is one of the most common reasons why parents and or caregivers seek medical attention for their infant or child.

Fever is defined as a temperature greater than 38.0°C. In regards to managing conditions, education is key. It is important for parents or caregivers to understand that it is okay for them to look after their child at home with a fever if they are drinking and feeding well, interacting with the parent or caregiver and does not look sick. 

Shaken baby syndrome

Shaken baby syndrome (SBS) is the leading cause of preventable, traumatic head injury in those under the age of two years. The term SBS is the most commonly used internationally although remains controversial as it indicates one exact cause of injury.

Anorexia - Hiran Thabrew

Dr Hiran Thabrew talks about anorexia nervosa. Hiran is a duel-trained child and adolescent psychiatrist and paediatrician. He is a senior lecturer within the department of psychological medicine at the University of Auckland, and clinician.

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