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/
Pain and pain relief
Finding the cause of pain in children and what to do about it can be one of the trickiest things for parents to manage. In this episode, Anthea is joined by Dr Nadine Sharples from the Emergency Department at The Royal Children's Hospital to share lots of practical advice on pain and pain relief in kids.
For more information
RCH Kids Health Info fact sheet - pain relief for children
Victorian Poisons Information Centre
RCH Kids Health Info Podcast - Head injuries
RCH Kids Health Info Podcast - Viruses and fevers
RCH Kids Health Info Podcast - Headaches and tummy aches
Hand, foot and mouth disease
Hand, foot and mouth disease is one of those things that seems to always be "going around". In fact, it's one of our most asked about topics.
In this episode, Lexi speaks with Dr Gabrielle Haeusler, an infectious diseases specialist, to understand the signs of HFMD and discuss some prevention and treatment strategies.
Click here to read our RCH Kids Health Info fact sheet on Hand, foot and mouth disease.
Type 1 diabetes
When a child is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, it has a profound impact on their life and family. Diabetes requires strict management every single day. Added to that burden is the confusion and misunderstanding that others might have about the disease and its cause. In this episode, Margie and Lexi are joined by Professor Fergus Cameron, Director of Endocrinology and Diabetes at The Royal Children's Hospital, and Sarah, whose son Finn was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 15 months of age. Together they explore the medical aspects of Type 1 diabetes, what it means for children getting on with learning, play and life, and what the future holds with advances in diabetes management.
For more information, including the warning signs of diabetes in children, please see our Kids Health Info fact sheet on diabetes.
The Royal Children's Hospital has a dedicated website for children and families living with diabetes.
You can also learn more about living with diabetes at the Diabetes Victoria website.
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
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.
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)
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.
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?
All the podcasts have been extremely informative and helpful. Particularly loved the one about teen vaping - it was very topical and really helped open conversations with my kids.