April came and went a bit too fast for my Paediatric Pearls head. So I’ve produced a joint April/May newsletter for 2019. There’s a bit of safeguarding again this month with a link to a paper on what young people in care think of the language we use, a guide to enteral rehydration of children with D&V, acrodermatitis enteropathica and a reminder of what is normal on a paediatric ECG. Do leave comments below:
I got a few blank faces on a ward round recently when I was working out volumes of diarolyte for rehydrating a child with D&V. We tend to use “5mls every 5 minutes” in our Emergency Departments whatever the size of the child and however dehydrated they are and then, when they fall asleep and we want to move them out of our department for fear of 4-hour breaches, we put an iv line in, take bloods which we then have to act on and start iv fluids which we should then monitor more often than most of us do. Where is the half way point?
Have a look at http://www.paediatricpearls.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Fluid-management-in-childhood-gastroenteritis.pdf for some help with enteral rehydration (which is safer and more efficient overall than intravenous fluids). Please let me know if you disagree with my calculations and work them all out for yourself from scratch if you happen to be dealing with a 16kg child like in the worked example…
NICE on honey this month. And antibiotics in URTIs. Also blueberry muffin syndrome courtesy of our dermatology contributor, medically unexplained symptoms from a great on line resource from MindEd (https://www.minded.org.uk/Component/Details/525083) and information for practitioners and young people and families after a first afebrile seizure. Please do leave comments below:
Genetics this month and an explanation of the microarray test. Managing measles contacts in the “lessons from the front line” section, use of a smartphone app for recording palpitations and the start of a new dermatology series – skin manifestations of systemic disease. Do leave comments below.
With thanks to Dr David Gardiner, one of our current paediatric FY2 doctors at Homerton University Hospital, for updating us on HUS.
- Profuse diarrhoea that typically turns bloody after 1-3 days
- Abdominal pain (crampy)
- Fever (sometimes)
- Reduced urine output (abrupt onset) but also polyuria/normal urine output (rarer)
- Neurological complications: seizure, coma, cranial nerve palsies, confusion, hallucinations
- Classic triad – anaemia, uraemia and thrombocytopaenia
- Most common in children under the age of 5
- B/P – hypertension
- Blood film: Fragmentation and signs of haemolysis (Coombs test negative)
- Raised WCC and neutrophils, low platelets, low Hb
- Raised LDH
- Clotting screen typically normal (cf DIC)
- Raised bilirubin, low albumin
- Urea and creatinine raised
- Stool for PCR E.Coli
- Refer to secondary care urgently
- Strict input/output fluid monitoring
- Correction of anaemia
- Correction of electrolyte imbalances
- Antihypertensive therapy if required
- Furosemide to induce diuresis
- Report to PHE – can’t go back to school until 2 negative stool samples
This month brings a handout entitled “Towards a healthy lifestyle…” which is a collaboration between dietitians, physiotherapists, psychiatrists and paediatricians at Homerton Hospital. We have found many families are keen to do something about their child’s weight but don’t know where to start. Hopefully this friendly article aiming for families to be “healthy enough” is a good place to start.
Also a bit on faltering growth, on-line safety, BRUE and the investigations that do not need to be done. Tachycardia is (of course) mentioned again. Do leave comments below.