44 episodes

Based on the hugely popular RCH Kids Health Info fact sheets, the Kids Health Info podcast explores common topics and concerns with experts in children's health. Your hosts Margie Danchin, Lexi Frydenberg and Anthea Rhodes are all paediatricians and mums, so they know first-hand what keeps parents up at night. Every episode features guest experts in a range of child and adolescent health specialties, and lots of practical tips and advice. To view the Kids Health Info fact sheets visit: www.rch.org.au/kidsinfo/

Kids Health Info The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 89 Ratings

Based on the hugely popular RCH Kids Health Info fact sheets, the Kids Health Info podcast explores common topics and concerns with experts in children's health. Your hosts Margie Danchin, Lexi Frydenberg and Anthea Rhodes are all paediatricians and mums, so they know first-hand what keeps parents up at night. Every episode features guest experts in a range of child and adolescent health specialties, and lots of practical tips and advice. To view the Kids Health Info fact sheets visit: www.rch.org.au/kidsinfo/

    Chronic fatigue syndrome

    Chronic fatigue syndrome

    Growing up can be tiring work. But what's the difference between general tiredness in children and young people, and relentless fatigue that turns the simplest things into a challenge? Dr Lexi Frydenberg is joined Dr Colette Reveley, a paediatrician in the Department of Adolescent Medicine at The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, to unpack the mysteries of chronic fatigue syndrome. They chat about typical symptoms and how chronic fatigue is diagnosed. They also provide advice about the management of chronic fatigue syndrome and where parents can go for help.
    For more information and support, see:
    RCH Kids Health Info fact sheet - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    Emerge Australia

    • 29 min
    Winter and viruses

    Winter and viruses

    Ah-choo! It feels like children everywhere are coughing and sneezing their way through this winter. So is it worse than usual? And what is 'RSV'? In this episode, Anthea and Margie are joined by paediatrician Dr Suzanne Boyce to chat about the most common respiratory viruses going around. They talk through the symptoms of COVID-19, RSV and flu, how to know when to seek help and the best ways to stop children from getting sick in the first place.

    Helpful resources
    RCH Kids Health Info fact sheet - Influenza (the flu)
    RCH Kids Health Info fact sheet - Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
    RCH Kids Health Info fact sheet - Bronchiolitis
    RCH Kids Health Info fact sheet - Coronavirus COVID-19
    RCH Kids Health Info fact sheet - Cough
    RCH Kids Health Info fact sheet - Croup
    RCH Kids Health Info fact sheet - Fever in children
    RCH Kids Health Info podcast - Viruses and fevers, why do kids get sick so often?
    RCH Kids Health Info podcast - Cough, croup and wheeze
    GP respiratory clinics (Victoria, Australia)

    • 16 min
    Fussy eaters

    Fussy eaters

    Mealtimes can be a stressful experience when you've got a little person who pushes away their plate. Especially when you've put a lot of effort into a wholesome meal or the rest of the family is ready to eat. In this episode, Lexi and Anthea are joined by special guest Dr Kathleen McGrath, a paediatric gastroenterologist with a special interest in child nutrition. Together they pick though the common reasons for fussy eating, whether there's a health risk if your child doesn't seem to be eating enough, what you can do to get them enjoying more foods, and where to get help if you're worried that things aren't improving.

    Helpful resources:

    RCH Kids Health Info fact sheet: Nutrition babies and toddlers

    Raising Children Network - healthy eating habits

    RCH National Child Health Poll - Ready made baby foods: Do parents know the facts?

    • 27 min
    Sidelined by sports injuries

    Sidelined by sports injuries

    As more children return to fields, courts and ovals around the country, common sports injuries and accidents are on the rise. What is the best first aid for sports injuries and how do you know when to go to emergency? Margie and Anthea are joined by Dr Peter Barnett, an emergency doctor at the RCH with an interest in sports medicine and Greg Cull, a physiotherapist at the RCH, to chat about managing sports injuries and supporting children to get safely back to all-important physical activity.

    Helpful resources:

    RCH Kids Health Info fact sheet - ankle sprains

    RCH Kids Health Info fact sheet - head injury

    Kids Health Info Podcast episode - Was that bump a head injury?

    RCH Kids Health Info fact sheet - fractures

    RCH Kids Health Info fact sheet - mouth injuries

    Kids Health Info Podcast episode - Brushing up on healthy teeth

    Raising Children Network: RICER first aid for sprains, strains and fractures

    • 21 min
    What to do with burns

    What to do with burns

    Sadly, burns are still a common injury in childhood. To coincide with National Burns Safety Awareness Month, hosts Anthea and Lexi are joined by Warwick Teague, surgeon, clinical burns lead and Director of Trauma at The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. Warwick gives us the absolute must-do when it comes to burns first aid (hint: it involves a lot of cool running water) and explains the steps we can all take to prevent burns happening in the first place.

    For more information:

    RCH Kids Health Info Fact Sheet: Burns - prevention and first aid

    • 29 min
    Flu is back. It's time to discuss the flu vaccine

    Flu is back. It's time to discuss the flu vaccine

    Influenza, or the 'flu', has almost disappeared for the last two years. But it's back, and already bringing children to hospital for treatment.
    In this episode, Dr Anthea Rhodes is joined by Dr Margie Danchin as our expert guest to discuss the flu. As well as being a paediatrician at the RCH, and regular host of the this podcast, Margie is an expert in immunisation and a research leader in vaccine uptake. So, there's no better person to discuss why and how to get the vaccine, and answer those common questions and concerns parents have about the flu vaccine.

    Helpful links:

    RCH Kids Health Info - influenza vaccine

    Why does my child need a flu shot? (National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance)

    2022 Influenza vaccine fact sheet from the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance

    Ausvax Safety

    ATAGI - clinical advice on influenza vaccines 2022

    RCH TV - A child's guide to hospital: Immunisations

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

Nicnmilla ,

Highly recommend

Can highly recommend this podcast. Extremely helpful to be able to listen to expert advice on such a wide variety of kids health/medical concerns. I feel more supported and informed in making decisions around treatment and care for my family. Thank you!

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Invaluable information and easy listening

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