Child health features
Spotlight: early recognition of meningitis and septicaemia
Meningitis is a disease feared by parents and health professionals alike. The rapid onset and progression of the disease and potentially lethal outcome makes it vital to diagnose the disease early, but this can be difficult. Early symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia often resemble viral illnesses such as influenza, making the condition difficult to diagnose.
Spotlight: insect and tick bite management
Insect bite consultations are common in primary care and treatment is usually with antibiotics. However, Public Health England claims that one in five GP antibiotic prescriptions may be inappropriate. A survey by a subgroup of the RCGP overdiagnosis group examined current practice in insect and tick bite management.
Spotlight: physical health risks of patients with an eating disorder
Spotlight: managing childhood obesity
Spotlight: managing gastro-oesophageal reflux in infants
Spotlight: human papillomavirus virus conditions
Spotlight: managing child behaviour
All children have times when their behaviour is a problem, but when this becomes persistent it might be time to consider a psychoeducational parenting programme to help improve the parent-child relationship. One such evidence-based programme is 1-2-3 Magic, which is already used successfully in the NHS and community.