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    Paediatric health

    The latest learning and CPD content on paediatric health. Under ‘Other resources’ you will find all our other content related to paediatric health.

    CPD and Learning

    Girl holding teddy bear, child abuse concept

    How to recognise and respond to potential child abuse and neglectSubscription

    20 FEB 2018By

    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

    24 OCT 2017By

    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.

    Person using the new BNF app

    How to use the new BNF and BNF for Children app

    25 JUL 2017By ,

    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.

    Spoons of red, yellow and green medicine syrup

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

    18 JUL 2017By ,

    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.

    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 exploitationVideoSubscription

    6 JUL 2016By

    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 childrenSubscription

    2 DEC 2015By

    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 childrenSubscription

    17 NOV 2015By , , ,

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

    Other resources

    Deaf child using hearing aid

    Sodium thiosulfate lowers hearing loss risk in cisplatin-treated childrenSubscription

    19 JUL 2018

    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.

    Preterm baby in incubator

    Most preterm neonates receive antibiotics despite concerns over risk and benefitsSubscription

    9 JUL 2018

    Most preterm neonates receive early antibiotic therapy despite evidence that this can be unnecessary and sometimes harmful, the results of a US study show.

    Molecular structure of lamotrigine

    Lamotrigine taken during pregnancy not linked to malformations in infantsSubscription

    12 DEC 2017

    Researchers found that children exposed in utero to lamotrigine did not have an increased likelihood of birth defects or postnatal complications

    Newborn baby's feet

    Dextrose gel prevents hypoglycaemia in newbornsSubscription

    7 DEC 2016

    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.

    Pregnant woman holds a blister pack of pills

    Exposure to SSRIs during pregnancy increases offspring’s risk of speech disordersSubscription

    5 DEC 2016

    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.

    Child using an iPad

    iPads as effective as sedatives in reducing anxiety before surgery, paediatric trial showsSubscription

    8 SEP 2016

    Researchers in France found that iPads were just as effective as midazolam in children and their parents were more satisfied.

    Jiri Hrdy, one of the researchers who reported their findings at the International Congress of Immunology in Melbourne, Australia

    Probiotics correct immune function in babies at risk of allergySubscription

    31 AUG 2016

    In children who received a probiotic at birth, some functional characteristics of regulatory T cells improved, study finds.

    Doctor holds the umbilical cord of a newborn baby

    Umbilical cords longer in babies exposed to SSRIsSubscription

    27 MAY 2016

    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.


    Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can find guidance from The Pharmaceutical Journal on completing the relevant records to meet the General Pharmaceutical Council requirements, as well as support on the scope of activity that could be included in these records here.