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Neonatal and Paediatric Care

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  • Testing eyesight in children

    Vision and eye health in children

    How to advise parents, dispell myths and spot the ‘red flags’ for onward referral.

  • Father giving baby bottled milk

    Cow’s milk protein allergy in children: identification and treatment Subscription

    How pharmacists and pharmacy professionals can diagnose this complex problem and advise parents and carers on options for management.

  • Back of young school girl's head in class

    Depression in children and young people: identification and management Subscription

    As one of the most common paediatric psychiatric disorders, pharmacists and healthcare professionals need to be aware of the symptoms of depression and be able to assess children and young people who may be at risk.

  • Girl holding teddy bear, child abuse concept

    How to recognise and respond to potential child abuse and neglect Subscription

    In October 2017, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published guidance to support health and social care professionals in recognising and responding to abuse and neglect in young people aged under 18 years. Pharmacists and pharmacy teams should be aware of their roles and responsibilities as outlined in this guidance. 

  • Mother speaking to pharmacist and child looks at camera

    Communicating with parents and involving children in medicines optimisation

    Although children take responsibility for taking their medications at different ages, involving parents, and where possible children, in decision making is key to medicines optimisation.

  • 13-year-old girl with autism hiding her face in her hands

    Pharmacologic treatment options for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder Subscription

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a heterogeneous neuropsychiatric condition that is often associated with severe behavioural challenges that can be as diverse in response to treatment as they are in presentation. While environmental, behavioural, communicative, therapeutic and supportive interventions are critical considerations for any individual with ASD, pharmacologic interventions are often helpful and can be necessary for improving level of functioning and quality ...

  • Spoons of red, yellow and green medicine syrup

    How to identify and manage ‘problem’ excipients in medicines for children Subscription

    Children may be exposed to potentially harmful excipients, essential components of drug formulations, through unlicensed and off-label use of adult medicines. Excipient exposure should be minimised, although a medicine containing a problem excipient may be indicated, but only after a careful risk–benefit assessment.

  • Close up of a health worker examining a toddler's ear

    How to diagnose and manage primary and secondary earache and ear infections Subscription

    Earache is a common problem that can be the result of a variety of different pathologies. It is important for pharmacists and healthcare professionals to appropriately diagnose primary and secondary earache and ear infections.

  • Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head and thorax of a human head louse (Pediculus humanus capitis) clinging to a strand of human hair.

    Head lice: resistance and treatment options Subscription

    An update on head lice, their identification and the various treatment options available after considering resistance and treatment failure.

  • Pharmacist from Liptrots Calverley Pharmacy hands over a medication to a young woman showing signs of sexual exploitation

    How to spot signs of child sexual exploitation Video Subscription

    Children and young people affected by sexual exploitation can present to a wide range of health settings, including community pharmacies. Pharmacists should be aware of the signs of potential sexual exploitation to ensure that they seek the appropriate help and support to protect the child or young person.

  • Diagnosing epilepsy in children and strategies for the selection of appropriate drug treatments. In the image, a 9-year old girl in a magnetoencephalograph (MEG) scanner, which is used to detect neurological disorders such as epilepsy

    Antiepileptic drug treatment in children Subscription

    Diagnosing epilepsy in children and strategies for selecting appropriate drug treatments.

  • Identifying symptoms associated with primary tooth eruption (pictured), the available treatments and best practice for management

    Tooth eruption and teething in children Subscription

    Identifying symptoms associated with primary tooth eruption, the available treatments and best practice for management.

  • Pharmacy professionals have the opportunity to specialise in a variety of clinical areas

    Specialist roles in hospital pharmacy Subscription

    Pharmacy professionals have the opportunity to specialise in a variety of clinical areas. Eamonn McArdle explores the possibilities.

  • Nocturnal enuresis (NE) is involuntary bedwetting during sleep in patients with no congenital or acquired defects of the central nervous system.

    Nocturnal enuresis in children Subscription

    Bedwetting is common in young children but requires careful assessment and management in collaboration with the child’s parent or guardian.

  • Crystals of oxytocin (Pasieka/Science Photo Library)

    Despite the debate about the best dose, oxytocin still has its place in childbirth Subscription

    In our latest article on landmark drugs, Jenny Bryan looks at the history of oxytocin and finds out why this drug will not be disappearing from practice anytime soon

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    Innovative research methods extend pharmacy’s reach to young people Subscription

    Charlotte Coates, research manager at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, describes “Arthriting”, a pharmacy-led project to help young people copewith their arthritis

  • Intervention monitoring in paediatrics as a strategy to improve prescribing Subscription

    To describe a system of regular intervention monitoring among paediatric patients and how the information is used to inform the content of different strategies aimed at improving prescribing practice.

  • Premature babies in the community Subscription

    In developed countries, the incidence of preterm births is 5–9 per cent of all live births (2008). Numbers have increased in recent years owing, in part, to the higher rate of multiple births and assisted births and advances in obstetric interventions.

  • Melatonin and its use in children Subscription

    Melatonin, a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in a circadian manner, promotes sleep through its regulation of the activity of the suprachiasmatic nucleus and other sleep-related brain networks. Its production is suppressed by light and stimulated by darkness, with a rise of serum levels preceding the onset of sleep by about ...

  • Hopes raised and then dashed Subscription

    Janna Lawrence looks back over the key events of 2012 for pharmacists and the pharmacy profession January Dispensing errors reform The new year began with the announcement of plans to reform the law that allows prosecution of pharmacists for unintentional dispensing errors by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

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