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187007 - Online Module: The crying and unsettled infant (managing infantile colic and constipation)

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
1.5 hrs

Infantile colic and constipation is common, but the impact is not always benign. Pick up practical tips and tricks to support parents and manage infants by completing this online module.

This 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 affects up to 20% of infants, and is one of the most common reasons for presentation to primary care in the first months of life. Although the diagnosis itself is generally benign, it can have a significant burden on both families and the healthcare system with important associations of maternal depression, child abuse and early breastfeeding cessation. Early assessment by GPs for treatable factors and caregiver reassurance plays a significant role in management.

Constipation is a common reason for primary care visits, affecting between 5-30% of children. GPs may be instrumental in the management of ongoing infantile constipation by providing effective parental education, dietary modifications and pharmacological therapy when diet alone is not enough.

Learning outcomes
  • Understand the meaning of terms “infant colic” and “constipation” in infants in 2019.
  • Recognise symptoms of infant colic and/or constipation in babies who are breast fed and bottle fed, and before/after introduction of solids
  • Apply appropriate 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.
  • Relate effective counselling approaches for parents and provide educational support and referral where required.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Communication with family, carers and others involved in the care of the patient is appropriate and clear

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Comprehensive and holistic management plans are developed collaboratively

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    • Professional knowledge and skills are reviewed and developed

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Children and young people health
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    187007 - Online Module: The crying and unsettled infant (managing infantile colic and constipation)
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    1.5 hrs
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    CPD Points
    3 cpd
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