Chris Elliot speaks to Karly Casamento about the unsettled infant. A crying baby is a common presentation to General Practice and Emergency Departments and can be very distressing for the parents. In this podcast, Karly and Chris chat about how to assess an unsettled infant. They talk about red flags and differential diagnoses, what is normal infant behaviour, when it’s time to refer, and how to reassure parents.
Summary Writer: Lucy Coles
Script Writer: Karly Casamento
Editor: Karly Casamento
Interviewer: Chris Elliot
Interviewee: Karly Casamento
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 Medical Officer education, mental health and wellbeing. Karly is currently undertaking a research project on virtual learning environments with the University of New South Wales. She dedicates most of her time to chasing around her two energetic young boys and trying to get them to bed on time.
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.
With Dr Karly Casamento, Advanced Trainee in General Paediatrics at Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick, New South Wales, Australia
A crying infant is incredibly distressing for parents and a common cause for presentation to general practices and emergency departments. This podcast explains the considerations in assessing an unsettled infant: how to tell red flags from normal infant behaviour, when to refer, and how to reassure parents.
A 6 week old boy is brought to the Emergency Department by his parents due to persistent crying.
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