Child and youth health

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.

Sore throat management in primary care

New Zealand has high rates of acute rheumatic fever (ARF). If not  prevented, the implications for a child and their whanau of this diagnosis is devastating, with monthly bicillin injections, and possible heart surgery and premature death.  

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.

Childhood stuttering

Stuttering is common in young children. Myths persist about the causes of stuttering, which can serve as a barrier to early and effective treatment.

General Practitioners and Plunket Nurses are often the first point of contact for parents of a child who is stuttering. This short course is designed to provide professionals with up-to-date information about stuttering and to help them make informed clinical judgements about when to refer children for speech language therapy.

Depression in adolescents - Sally Merry

Professor Sally Merry talks about depression in adolescents. Sally holds the Cure Kids Duke Family Chair and is head of Department of Psychological Medicine at The University of Auckland.

Childhood Eczema - Paul Jarrett

Dr Paul Jarrett talks about managing childhood eczema. Paul is a consultant dermatologist at counties Manukau DHB and an honorary senior lecturer at The University of Auckland.

        

CEP 9: Integrated Care

This course is part of the Introduction to Co-existing Problems (CEP) in Youth series. Integrated care involves the co-ordination, collaboration and cooperation of mental health and substance abuse services combining at an individual level to ensure that clients and families’ access screening, assessment, treatment planning, service delivery and continuing care in a smooth and relatively seamless way. 

Constipation & faecal incontinence in children

Constipation is a common problem, occurring in up to 30% of children.  Functional constipation is the most common cause, but it is important to be mindful of the symptoms and signs which could indicate potentially serious underlying conditions. 

Immunisation - Nikki Turner

Dr Nikki Turner talks about immunisation in primary care. Nikki is director of the immunisation advisory centre (IMAC). She is an Associate Professor in theDepartment of General Practice and Primary Healthcare at the University of Auckland. Her special interests are in immunisation, preventative child health and child poverty.

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