‘Tis the season for AOM

Acute otitis media (AOM) is a common childhood illness – 75% of children have at least one episode by three years of age. AOM is often misdiagnosed.

Winter illnesses and children: when to be concerned?

Distinguishing between winter ailments with the same common symptoms is vital in order to recommend the correct treatment.

When good medicine tastes bad

Noncompliance is a major source of treatment failure in the outpatient setting. Decades of research have shown that many factors contribute to noncompliance. However, in paediatrics, taste perception is arguably the most important factor.

Coughs give vital clues to pneumonia

Annually, pneumonia kills over 1.8 million children throughout the world.

RTIs linked to asthma

An international study of 154 492 European children found that those who had had upper respiratory infections, such as colds, sinusitis, laryngitis, tonsillitis, pharyngitis and otitis, by the age of five years had a 1.5-fold increased risk of developing asthma in later life.

Avoiding litigation: It’s not child’s play

There has been a dramatic increase in medical litigation in recent years. Those practicing in specialties considered high risk such as obstetrics and neurosurgery now pay very high premiums for malpractice insurance.