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Haemangioma (strawberry nevus)

What is haemangioma? A haemangioma is a collection of small blood vessels that form a lump under the skin. They are sometimes called ‘strawberry marks’ because the surface of a haemangioma may look a bit like the surface of a strawberry. Superficial haemangiomas are usually a raised, bright red area of skin. Which feels quite warm because the abnormal blood vessels are close to the…

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Tests for Cow’s milk (protein) allergy

I get asked this very often when I diagnose CMPA in a baby. The most common type of CMPA is Non IgE mediated. It presents at the age of 4-6 weeks onwards. The symptoms are dry skin, reflux (unsettled, vomity baby), runny stools or worsening constipation. Some babies are also snuffly and have blocked nose, all the time. The severe form, which is IgE mediated…

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Peanut Immunotherapy (desensitisation)

There have been recent trials for Peanut Immunothearpy, which have been quite successful. Sublingual Immunotherapy for Peanuts is also being trailled and if successful, will be veru useful, as many children who are allergic to Peanuts, do not want to eat Peanut for the desensitisation. https://www.evelinalondon.nhs.uk/about-us/news-events/2018-news/20181119-landmark-study-peanut-allergy.aspx Currently, the only clinic that I can find offering Immunotherapy for Peanut is at Addenbrooks Hospital, Cambrodge. http://www.peanut.cuh.org.uk/

EEG (Electroencephalogram)

EEG or trace of the brain is used to pick up electrical brain activity in the brain by placing leads on the head. It is very similar principal to ECG (Electrocardiogram), which picks up electrical activity of the heart. Epilepsy, though is primarily a clinical diagnosis as EEG can be normal in children with Epilpepsy and many normal people (upto 5%) can have abnormal EEG….

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Persistent swollen glands (Lymphadenopathy)

Persistently enlarged lymph nodes (glands) cause terrible anxiety in parents. They are most commonly caused by infections. They are usually limited to the area they drain, for example in the neck after infections of throat/ear/scalp etc. Sometimes it can take weeks or months for them to shrink in size and that can be worrying for parents and carers. Most often, parents only need reassurance but…

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Normal baby movements vs Infantile spasms.

It is fascinating to see babies develope and learn new skills.  Every baby is different and so is the development. Some babies do things sooner than the others. Sometimes they may be having movements which might happen suddenly and repeatedly. These can be normal or abnormal. Some babies are very active and can move their arms and legs, try to lift their trunk and these…

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