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Conditions affecting children’s physical and mental health and development are covered in this learning plan for GPs and other primary healthcare professionals. This plan is a bundle of educational material on identifying common and less common childhood conditions, taking a history, examining the patient and conducting further investigations, along with advice on treatment and when to seek a specialist opinion.
You can undertake the whole plan or use individual modules from the plan to meet your identified learning needs. You can claim CPD credits for any module completed.
This article by Dr Louise Newson, updated in 2018, discusses the assessment and management of fever in children, including the traffic light system for assessing the child’s symptoms. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include The Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) criteria to define tachycardia, and signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease.
Dr Jessica Garner provides an update for GPs and other healthcare professionals on infant feeding problems. Key learning points include symptoms of cows’ milk allergy, managing gastro-oesophageal reflux, and identifying lactose intolerance.
Professor Kim Ah See and Louise McMurran discuss management of acute otitis media. Educational points for healthcare professionals include when to avoid antibiotic prescriptions and when to offer delayed prescriptions.
Paediatric dietitian Dr Kate Maslin provides guidance on food allergy and intolerance, and explains the latest advances in food allergy research. Educational points for GPs and nurses include symptoms and signs of food allergy, and when to consider excluding foods from a child’s diet.
Mr Samuel Leong describes the causes, assessment and management of nasal bleeding (epistaxis) in children. Learning points for GPs and other primary healthcare professionals include management of nosebleeds, and when outpatient or emergency referral may be required.
Professor Amanda Kirby describes the symptoms, diagnosis and management of Tourette’s syndrome. Key education points for GPs and other healthcare professionals include an overview of differential diagnoses and the treatment options available to patients.
Professor Amanda Kirby describes the symptoms, diagnosis and management of developmental coordination disorder (dyspraxia). Key education points for GPs and other healthcare professionals include how to distinguish the condition, and how to help patients find areas of strength they may develop in order to maintain self-esteem.
Faiben Yemane and Dr Vibhav Shetty outline the diagnostic criteria for social phobia in children and young people. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include symptoms, causes, assessment and management.
Mr Maurice Hawthorne highlights the causes of tonsillitis, symptoms and management, and differential diagnoses to consider in children and adults. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include the evidence base for antibiotic prescribing, the effectiveness of tonsillectomy, and red flags indicating a need for urgent referral.