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/
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.
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
ATAGI - clinical advice on influenza vaccines 2022
RCH TV - A child's guide to hospital: Immunisations
Brushing up on healthy teeth
Good dental health has huge benefits for our general wellbeing and quality of life, and it starts the moment that very first tooth pops through in babies.
In this episode we're joined by special guest Dr Mihiri Silva, a paediatric dentist from The Royal Children's Hospital. If you've ever wondered when and how to start brushing teeth, how tooth decay happens, or what to do if a tooth gets knocked out, Mihiri has these answers and plenty more pearls of wisdom!
RCH Kids Health Info fact sheet - dental care
RCH Kids Health Info - dental care video
Raising Children Network - dental care for babies
Australian Government - Child Dental Benefits Schedule
RCH TV - A Child's Guide to Hospital: Dentistry
Making sense of seizures
Witnessing a seizure can be a frightening experience for parents and carers, and raises so many questions. What's going on when a child has a seizure and what could it mean for their ongoing health? Does it mean they have epilepsy?
To make sense of seizures, Margie and Lexi are joined by Associate Professor Andrew Kornberg, Neurologist at The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. As well as understanding seizure types, Andrew has some practical first aid tips, and discusses the process of finding the causes of seizures, including epilepsy.
RCH Kids Health Info fact sheet - Febrile Seizures
RCH Kids Health Info fact sheet - Seizures - safety issues and how to help
RCH Kids Health Info fact sheet - Epilepsy
RCH Neurology Department - About Epilepsy
From snooze to snore - how children's breathing affects sleep
A restful sleep is so important for children's health.
But sometimes, a stuffy nose or blocked passages get in the way of a good sleep.
In this episode we're joined by Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon, Dr Eric Levi, to find out why snooze turns to snoring, and what can be done to get children back on the path to sleep success.
For more information, check out these helpful resources:
RCH Kids Health Info fact sheet - Childhood obstructive sleep apnoea
RCH Kids Health Info fact sheet - Hay fever
Raising Children Network - Snoring
How to use nasal sprays video
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Getting back to school (face-to-face learning during COVID-19)
**a quick correction:
During the conversation Margie says the twice-weekly rapid antigen testing will be for the first week of term. What Margie meant to say was that it will be for the first four weeks and then reassessed. We apologise for the confusion.
As schools return to in-classroom learning next week, we know that students, families, and teachers are busy preparing for the term ahead and may have some questions about how to keep safe this school year.
In this episode, our hosts Dr Lexi Frydenberg and Dr Margie Danchin explain what's being done to improve safety and prevent transmission in schools, and what surveillance testing with rapid antigen tests involves. They also chat about the benefits of kids going back to face-to-face learning and how families can manage some of the return-to-school nerves their children may be experiencing.
If you're wondering how best to prepare your child for the return to school, you can check out Dr Eric Levi's helpful video on how to do a rapid antigen test on a child and resources from the Victorian Government including a video made by our team here The Royal Children's Hospital.
An update on Omicron with Dr Sarah McNab
For many of us, the new year has not started as we had hoped. With the Omicron variant so prevalent in the community and the start to the school year just around the corner, many parents may be wondering what the latest news is with COVID-19 and children.
In this podcast episode, host Dr Anthea Rhodes is joined by Dr Sarah McNab, Director of General Medicine at The Royal Children's Hospital to unpack the current situation with COVID-19 infections and hospitalisations in Victoria, how the Omicron variant is affecting children, the importance of vaccination, and what a Code Brown in Victorian hospitals means for the community.
To keep up to date with the latest information about COVID-19, visit our collection of COVID-19 resources, including webinars, podcasts, fact sheets and more.
Kids Health Info fact sheet - Vaccination and needle phobia
Facebook Live - COVID-19 vaccinations for five to 11 year olds: Your questions answered
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