Feeding difficulties are a common problem in infants and can cause a lot of concern for new parents who often present to the Emergency Department or their GP for help. In this podcast, Karly Casamento and Chris Elliot discuss an approach to early evaluation and management of feeding difficulties as well as how to reassure new parents.
Summary Writer: Lucy Coles
Script Writers: Karly Casamento and Chris Elliot
Editor: Chris Elliot
Interviewer: Karly Casamento
Interviewee: Chris Elliot
Chris is a Consultant Paediatrician who works in a teaching hospital in Sydney and in private rooms. As well as clinical medicine he is enthusiastic about health communication and teaching. Chris is a Conjoint Lecturer for the University of New South Wales and writes the occasional article on child health for mainstream media. He also teaches Advanced Paediatric Life Support and sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. Chris completed his Internship at Bankstown Hospital and Paediatric training through the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. On the days when he is not at work he enjoys playing with his children, and also when they play by themselves.
Karly Casamento is an Advanced Trainee in General Paediatrics based out of Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. She is passionate about anything to do with the health of babies and children and is committed to improving junior doctor education, mental health and wellbeing. She is currently undertaking a research project on virtual learning environments with the University of NSW. She dedicates most of her time to chasing around her two energetic young boys and trying to get them to bed on time.
With Dr Chris Elliot, General and Developmental Paediatrician, Paediatric Multidisciplinary Feeding Clinic, St George Hospital, New South Wales, Australia
Feeding difficulties are very common in infants, especially those with disabilities. Babies who struggle to feed are a cause of significant concern for new parents, who often take them to the GP or Emergency Department. Karly Casamento and Chris Elliot discuss the early evaluation and management of this common presentation.
A three-week-old neonate is referred to the Emergency Department by her GP because she has not regained her birth weight. There is concern that her mother is not coping well. She has mastitis with cracked nipples, and is exclusively breastfeeding.
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