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Research News
Researchers have confirmed positive evidence which could potentially give hope to some parents struggling with colic, or excessive crying in newborns. Babies who cry or fuss a lot and can’t be settled are often described as having ‘colic’. We don’t know what causes colic, but we do know it can be hard to handle. The condition, which affects one in five families, is burdensome and is associated with maternal depression, child abuse such as Shaken Baby Syndrome, and early breastfeeding cessation. Up until now, there has been no effective treatment for colic. A new international study led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), in collaboration with 11 other institutions around the world, found the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri has the potential to provide some reduction in crying in exclusively breastfed babies less than three months old. Researchers found compared to a placebo, the probiotic group was two times more likely...
Institute News
Managing allergies isn’t always easy, particularly at Christmas time when there’s so many Christmas goodies to devour! Thanks to our world-leading allergy research, we’ve put together the ultimate guide for you to enjoy an allergy free Christmas.
Stroke guidelines
Research News
Doctors from the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute have led the development of Australia’s first ever clinical guidelines that will improve the diagnosis and acute management of children that suffer a stroke. Approximately 300 babies and children are diagnosed with a stroke in Australia each year. More than half of the children that survive have long term disabilities that they carry for their lifetime at great cost to themselves, their families and the healthcare system. These guidelines that have been endorsed by The Stroke Foundation and the Australian and New Zealand Child Neurology Society, will speed up diagnosis when time is critical, to minimise brain injury and improve recovery. A/Prof Mark Mackay, Paediatric Neurologist, Director of the Royal Children’s Stroke Program and researcher with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, chaired the Australian Childhood Stroke Advisory Committee (ACSAC), which included specialists representing each of Australia’s tertiary paediatric...
Student News
“Studying paediatrics lets you be creative and find a career that suits you. You just have to follow a different trajectory. I'm a junior doctor currently working at Western Health. Last year my path took me to Fiji where I joined MCRI’s Pneumococcal Research Group and the Centre for International Child Health, Department of Paediatrics to complete my MD research project. My project investigated respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in Fijian newborns. A well-established treatment for RDS, surfactant, was recently introduced into neonatal care at Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva. But in a resource-poor setting this is an expensive treatment, so we needed to understand the epidemiology of the syndrome to work out what sort of impact surfactant had on outcomes for newborns with RDS. We reviewed all RDS-related admissions at Colonial War Memorial Hospital over a two-year period and collected data related to their demographics, clinical features, treatment and...