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In this episode, Dr Kate Chesterman is joined by Dr Alex Brightwell (Consultant Paediatrician with a specialism in allergy) and Liz Ingham (Lead Paediatric Allergy Dietician), both of whom work at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Together, they explore paediatric dietary allergies. They discuss cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA), including: its different types, how to differentiate it from other causes of unsettled infant behaviour and the importance of de-challenging and rechallenging to make the diagnosis. Furthermore, they offer practical advice for breastfeeding mothers, as well as covering the indications for the different formula milks. They highlight the importance of maintaining balanced nutritional intake for infants and breast-feeding mums and avoiding unnecessary exclusion diets. They finish by discussing the current evidence and advice regarding early introduction of potentially allergenic foods in infants at risk of food allergies.
In this episode, Dr Kate Chesterman talks to Dr Briony Arrowsmith, who is a Consultant Paediatrician at the Haven, a sexual assault referral centre in London. They discuss the many and varied ways that sexual abuse can present, as well as the considerations surrounding who the abuse should be disclosed to. They talk through the physical health concerns that need to be addressed and the role of the sexual assault referral centre in the care of abused children and their families. Finally, they discuss agencies that can offer ongoing psychological support to children, families and healthcare practitioners who have been affected by cases of abuse.
In this podcast, Dr Kate Chesterman discusses constipation in children. She takes us through the clinical features associated with idiopathic constipation and red flags that would cause concern. She discusses disimpaction regimes and when these should be used, as well as talking about the importance of ongoing maintenance regimes. She provides some tips on encouraging children to take laxatives and also highlights some useful patient and professional resources.
In this episode Dr Hannah Rosa and Dr Nicky Mulgrew discuss autism and the role we play within general practice. They focus on when we should refer children and adults to specialists to get a possible diagnosis of autism and also explore how we can adapt our workplaces and our communication styles to make our surgeries more comfortable places for autistic people to visit.
In this episode, Dr Kate Chesterman discusses the finding of an undescended testicle at the 6-week baby check. She considers the possible diagnoses and associated risks. Kate also takes us through the primary care assessment and clarifies the important question of when to refer.
In this episode, which has been recorded for Chronic Conditions Month 2021, Dr Steve Holmes (Clinical Respiratory Lead for NHS Somserset) and Dr Peter Bagshaw (Clinical Lead in Dementia and Mental Health, South Gloucestershire CCG) explore the impact that COVID-19 has had on mental health, including among people who have not been infected. How has self-isolation and shielding affected different people? What is the particular impact on children and younger people? What has the toll been on carers? Which people may struggle with "returning to normal"? How can we support people with "long COVID"? What is the potential role for talking therapies in this area?
In her first podcast for GPnotebook, Dr Kate Chesterman discusses new evidence on the management of children with non-blanching rashes with Dr Edward Snelson. Dr Snelson is a Consultant Emergency Paediatrician at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and is the author of the blog GPpaedstips. Should we be treating every non-blanching rash as meningococcal disease, and if not, why not? What important differentials do we want to consider in children with a fever and a non-blanching rash? Can GPs safely decide which children require emergency treatment?

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