MedTalk Series: Respiratory Infections in Children

Emma Best and Stephen Howie talk with Dr Diana North, Goodfellow Unit GP Advisor about the management of respiratory illness in children. Emma is a paediatric infectious disease specialist at Starship Hospital and a senior lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Auckland. Dr Stephen Howie is a Paediatrician Waitemata DHB Paediatric and Newborn Services.

Topics covered include:

  • antibiotic stewardship
  • duration of course of treatment
  • satrategies to manage respiratory infections 
  • the use of paracetamol in fever and infection
  • recommendations re dosages
  • the management of upper and lower respiratory tract infections: ear infections, common cold, sinusitis, laryngitis/croup, whooping cough
  • use of steroids
  • when to treat with antibiotics
  • when to refer to hospital.



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