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Conditions affecting children are the focus of this learning plan for GPs. Learning plans provide key learning points on diagnosis, management, follow-up and referral. You can undertake the whole plan to demonstrate that you have studied this area in depth, or use individual modules from the plan to complement your existing learning. You can claim credits for all the modules that you complete.
This article by Dr Nuria Martinez-Alier and Dr Kirsty Le Doare describes the epidemiology and aetiology, diagnosis and management of chickenpox (varicella zoster). Key learning points for healthcare professionals include signs and symptoms, risks for immunocompromised children and infection in pregnancy.
In this article, updated in 2016, Dr Scott Hackett covers the management of pertussis (whooping cough) including the epidemiology, making the diagnosis and complications. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include suitable investigations, differential diagnoses and prognosis.
Dr Vibhav Shetty reviews the diagnosis and the pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of OCD in children and adolescents.
Dr Suneeta Kochhar covers the possible red flags of children presenting with vomiting. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include taking a careful history, physical examination, and possible causes in neonates, infants and older children.
Dr Tillman Jacobi presents the case of a five-year old discovered to have type 1 diabetes. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include the presentation of type 1 diabetes, genetic likelihood of developing type 1 diabetes, and diagnosis with a positive dipstick test.
Dr Nathan Hasson describes causes of `growing pains’ or limb pain in children, including juvenile idiopathic arthritis and benign joint hypermobility syndrome. Key learning points for GPs include presenting symptoms that may suggest a serious cause for limb pain, including Ewing’s sarcoma.
Dr Pipin Singh explores the causes of headache in children and how to assess them to make decisions about urgent referrals, in an article updated in 2018.