Watch From Assessment to Action:Managing Sick Neonates 🎥
16 Nov 2023 • "Don't wait for a fever!"
'Don't wait for a fever to diagnose an infection in neonates. In fact, neonates can present with hypothermia during an infection 👶🏻
This was one of the many pearls that Dr. Tushar Maniar shared in the session on 'Managing Sick Neonates: From Assessment to Action'🚼
"To know what is wrong, we first need to understand what is right, what is normal"👨⚕️
With this statement, Dr. Maniar begins the session with the Essentials of Normal Neonatal Care.
When it comes to Neonates, we need to remember the following:
- They are not 'Bite-sized adults' : Neonates cannot be managed like Adults. It is starkly different 🤔
- They are Fragile: Handle with Care👨🍼
- They are Immunocompromised: By this statement, Dr. Tushar tries to convey that we need to be mindful of their under-developed Immune system🩸
- There is very small window for action: We need to act fast!⏳
Let's take a look at some of the fundamentals of Neonatal Assessment:
- Make sure to check the vitals, along with skin colour, muscle tone and reflexes: For instance, if there is a lack of or unequal Moro reflex, we need to think of Erb's palsy.
- Check all the openings/ orifices of the Newborns: If there is a delay in the closure of the posterior fontanelle, you need to suspect Congenital Hypothyroidism.
- Don't forget to check the Eyes, Ears and Oral Cavity: Is the Red reflux absent in the Eye? Could it be Retinoblastoma or Cataract?
- Some conditions are often missed in assessment like Choanal atresia and Inguinal Hernia.
From the few instances mentioned above, it is quite evident that a neonate requires an elaborate physical examination🧐
How to evaluate and manage a Neonate with Neonatal Sepsis or Hypoglycemia or Meningitis?!
Well, we have got you covered. Tune in now!💁♀️
🔗Click here to watch the session on From Assessment to Action: Managing Sick Neonates by Dr. Tushar Maniar, right here on Medflix🤗