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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.
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.
Around 500,000 print copies of the BNF and BNF for Children are distributed to healthcare professionals each year. A new app which combines BNF and BNF for Children content ensures the availability of drug information through a smart device.
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.
How to spot signs of child sexual exploitationVideoSubscription
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.
Antiepileptic drug treatment in childrenSubscription
Diagnosing epilepsy in children and strategies for selecting appropriate drug treatments.
Sodium thiosulfate reduces the risk of hearing loss owing to cisplatin-based chemotherapy in children with hepatoblastoma, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (21 June 2018) has shown.
Most preterm neonates receive early antibiotic therapy despite evidence that this can be unnecessary and sometimes harmful, the results of a US study show.
Researchers found that children exposed in utero to lamotrigine did not have an increased likelihood of birth defects or postnatal complications
Dextrose gel prevents hypoglycaemia in newbornsSubscription
Study results show that newborns given dextrose gel were less likely to develop hypoglycaemia, but researchers say more research is required in babies from other risk groups.
Study results show that children born to mothers who took SSRIs during pregnancy were more than a third more likely to have speech/language disorders.
iPads as effective as sedatives in reducing anxiety before surgery, paediatric trial showsSubscription
Researchers in France found that iPads were just as effective as midazolam in children and their parents were more satisfied.
In children who received a probiotic at birth, some functional characteristics of regulatory T cells improved, study finds.
Data show babies born to women who used SSRIs also had lower Apgar scores and were more likely to be admitted to neonatal intensive care.