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152342 - OM: The crying and unsettled infant (managing infantile colic and constipation)

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Infantile colic and constipation is common, but the impact is not always benign. Pick up practical tips and tricks for ongoing management and parental support by completing this module. 

This CPD module will update your knowledge on: 
• Diagnostic criteria and available treatment options 
• Strategies to support and educate parents 
• Red flags and when to refer 
Also includes informative videos and practical case studies from Dr Judith Hammond and Dr Rupert Hinds.

Relevance to General Practice

Infantile colic is one of the most common presentations to primary care for infants, affecting up to 20% of them.1 Although the diagnosis itself is generally benign, it can have a significant burden on both families and the healthcare system.1 

Constipation is a common reason for primary care visits, affecting between 5-30% of children.2 In the absence of an organic aetiology, infant constipation is almost always a functional disease resulting from painful, hard stools that are difficult for the infant to pass.2 

References: 1. Sung V. Infantile colic. Aust Prescr. 2018 Aug;41(4):105-10. PubMed PMID: 30116077. PMCID: PMC6091773. Epub 2018/08/18. 2. Singh H, Connor F. Paediatric constipation: An approach and evidence-based treatment regimen. Aust J Gen Pract. 2018 May;47(5):273-7. PubMed PMID: 29779292. Epub 2018/05/21. 

Learning outcomes
  • Understand the meaning of term “infant colic” and “constipation” in infants in 2019.
  • Improve early recognition of symptoms of infant colic and/or constipation in babies who are breast fed and bottle fed, and before/after introduction of solids
  • Update knowledge on the non-pharmacological and pharmacological options for management of ongoing infant colic and/or constipation in infants.
  • Understand the available nutrition options for infants suffering from colic and/or constipation, if breastfeeding is not an option.
  • Effectively counsel parents and provide educational and referral support where required.

    152342 - OM: The crying and unsettled infant (managing infantile colic and constipation)
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