Sick Child – Viral or Bacterial with Dr Máire Finn
There is nothing worse than having a sick child, other than the fear that you don’t know how to help them. It is an important time to understand the differences between viral and bacterial illness. In this episode I am privileged to be joined by the very lovely Dr Máire Finn. Dr Finn is GP in Ennis Medical and has a special interest in the area of paediatric and women’s health. Dr Finn is a regular contributor to Irish Media to help make family health easier for parent’s and women to understand and access.
In this episode we discuss the results of a recent Sanofi study which showed a poor level of awareness of RSV in Ireland.
In this episode we discuss:
- RSV and Bronchiolitis
- Scarlet Fever and Strep A infections including iGAS (invasive group A streptococci)
- When you should treat your child at home
- When you should see the GP
- When you should go straight to A&E
- Antibiotic or not?
- Antibiotic shortages in Ireland
We chat about the fear parents have at the moment after a recent rise in Scarlet fever cases in the UK which has led to the sad deaths of several children due to the invasive form of Strep A infection.
I hope you find this episode as interesting as I did, Dr Finn is a wealth of knowledge and a voice of reason in a difficult winter for parents.
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