Children with special healthcare needs, and atopic dermatitis: an update

Of the Australian children who start their first year of formal full-time school each year, the majority start with their development on track and ready to take advantage of everything that school has to offer. About four per cent of children will start school with...

Early detection of hearing impairment, reading to infants and young children, depression after childbirth, and scalp scaling in children

'Early detection of hearing impairment' discusses early diagnosis, fitting of hearing aids, and how enrollment in early intervention programs can improve developmental outcomes. Unfortunately, the mean age of diagnosis is two years of age in many western countries, including Australia. Reading to infants and young...

Eczema and discipline - setting limits

Eczema is a common, inflammatory change in the skin that may feature redness, swelling, weeping, crusting and scaling of the skin. The article considers treatment, anti-inflammatory agents, sedation, infection, occupation and some of the commonly held myths. The second article provides guidance for health practitioners...

Vitamin K and atopic eczema

Vitamin K has been routinely given to newborn infants in Australia for several decades. It has been administered soon after birth to prevent Haemorraghic Disease of the Newborn (HDN), a rare but potentially fatal bleeding disorder which may present in the first few months of...

Eczema: the role of diet in management

Eczema is very common, but spontanenously disappears in 80% of children by school age. The use of diets in eczema management is controversial, but can relieve the symptoms in some cases. This article discusses the diagnosis, prevention and dietary management of eczema, while assessing the...