PRACTICE GUIDE: A DOCTOR'S DIARY

Dr Raj Thakkar offers expert medical advice for nursery practitioners on a range of common childhood illnesses and conditions.

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A Unique Child: Health - A doctor's diary ... rotavirus

Dr Raj Thakkar describes the symptoms and complications of this infection, its treatment and the steps to take to minimise its spread.

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A Unique Child Health: A doctor's diary ... Epilepsy

Dr Raj Thakkar describes the different types of epilepsy, and the causes, treatment and monitoring of the condition.

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A Unique Child Health: A Doctor's Diary ... Sickle cell anaemia

It is vital parents and carers of children with this devastating condition understand its complications, says Dr Raj Thakkar.

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A Unique Child: Health - A doctor's diary ... Toxocara

'Doctor, I'm worried about my children. I think they've been exposed to worms from my dog and I've heard that worms can cause blindness?'

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A Unique Child: Health - A doctor's diary ... whooping cough

'Doctor, my child has an awful cough, you have to help'

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A Unique Child: Health - A doctor's diary ... Hand, foot and mouth disease

'Doctor, my child has a rash! He's well in himself, but I have no idea what it is. Should I keep him away from nursery?'

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A Unique Child: Health - A doctor's diary ... norovirus

'Doctor, something is going around the nursery, and half the children are vomiting!'

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A Unique Child Health: A Doctor's Diary ... Kawasaki disease

'Doctor, my son has had a fever for over five days now. He's getting more and more unwell, can you help?'

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A Unique Child: Health - A doctor's diary ... measles

'Doctor, I've heard that measles is on the increase and that it can be serious. Is that true?'

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A Unique Child: Health - A doctor's diary ... rubella

'Doctor, I'm so worried. My daughter hasn't had the MMR vaccine and I think that she has German measles. What will happen to her?'

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A Unique Child: Health - A doctor's diary ... Mumps

'Doctor, my son has swollen cheeks! What do you think he's got? His grandmother thinks it's mumps!'