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What is an exercise test? An exercise test gives us information on whether your lungs and heart are working as well as they should be when you are doing physical activity such as football, running or PE. There are three different types of exercise tests that the department perform: incremental...

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What is a full lung function test? This test consists of three different breathing tests: spirometry gas transfer body plethysmography The tests tell us how you inhale and exhale (breathe in and out), how much air you use and how well your lungs are working. We also measure the total volume of air...

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Surgical treatment The consultant looking after you has recommended a surgical treatment for your child. The options for both managing your child’s condition with or without an operation will have been discussed with you along with their potential benefits and drawbacks including those of...

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You may be feeling very worried about your test or operation, or about having an anaesthetic. We hope this resource will help you to feel more in control of your worries. What is anxiety for? Anxiety is the body’s way of getting ready to fight or run away from a threat, or sometimes to go…...

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What are anorectal malformations? Anorectal malformations are birth defects where the anus and rectum (bottom) do not develop properly. They occur in an around 1 in 4,000 newborn babies and can range from mild to complex. What type of anorectal malformation does my baby have? Perineal fistula or...

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The Haemophilia Society resource about emicizumab (or Hemlibra) for people with an inhibitor.

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The Haemophilia Society resource about emicizumab (or Hemlibra) for people without an inhibitor.

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What is hip surveillance? Hip surveillance are regular check-ups to monitor the position of a child’s hips. Sometimes a child’s hip can gradually move out of joint which can cause them problems. Hip surveillance aims to pick up on these problems early to allow appropriate management and...

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What is umbilical hernia? Umbilical (belly button) hernia is a defect or hole in the wall of the tummy at the belly button. This causes a bulge and sometimes the bowel or fat from inside the tummy can come up into the hernia through the belly button. What cause umbilical hernia? Umbilical hernia is...

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What is an MCUG? A micturating cystourethrogram (MCUG) is an X-ray scan that looks at the bladder, ureters (tubes that carry wee from the kidneys to the bladder), and urethra (wee tube leaving the bladder). We do the scan so that we can see what these structures look like and how the work. We...

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What is an EOS? The EOS scanner is a special piece of X-ray equipment that takes images of you while you are stood up. This means your bones can be imaged while you are in your usual posture, instead of lying down. The EOS scanner can take much larger pictures than normal X-ray cameras which...

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A pyeloplasty (kidney pelvis reconstruction) is an operation we do when your child has a blockage between the pelvis (main drainage area) and the ureter (the tube that joins the kidney and the bladder). For more information, please visit this infoKID resource. How do I know if my child has...

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What is urodynamics? Urodynamics is a test that gives us information about the layout or anatomy of the urinary tract but also gives us information about how it functions. It is a day procedure with no overnight stay. The test is in 2 parts: the filling and the emptying.  It has to be done...

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What is the DTP vaccine? The teenage booster, also known as the 3-in-1 vaccine, is given to boost protection against 3 separate diseases: tetanus, diphtheria and polio. Why should I have this vaccine? Throughout your childhood you will be offered 5 doses of the tetanus, diphtheria and polio...

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What is the meningitis ACWY vaccine? The meningitis ACWY or ‘MenACWY’ vaccine protects against 4 strains of the meningococcal bacteria – A, C, W and Y – which cause meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia). Who is the vaccine for? The MenACWY vaccine is currently recommended for...

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For more information about anaesthetic risks, please see the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) infographic here. The following information below provides more detail about the side effects and risks associated with general anaesthesia in children. Common side effects of general anaesthesia...

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What are ‘K’ wires? Kirschner wires (or ‘K’ wires) are used to: secure and maintain the position of broken bones or when bent bones are straightened stay in place until new bone around the fracture site begins to form. The time this takes is different for each child. ‘K’ wires...

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A resource created with Widgit of the journey of going for a daycase operation.

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Fasting Why can’t my child have anything to eat or drink before the operation? It is important for your child to have an empty stomach before going for surgery, as if there is food or liquid in the stomach during the anaesthetic, it could come up into the back of the throat and damage...

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What do I need to do before the operation? You will need to come into the hospital with your child and you will be asked to sign a consent form for this operation. What happens on the day of the operation? When you arrive at the hospital you will have the chance to talk about… Continue...

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We know from research that eating disorders can mimic a variety of mental disorders until the body and brain are adequately nourished. Therefore, establishing consistent dietary intake is the first line of treatment after the diagnosis of an eating disorder. However, if your named clinician feels...

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This resource from NICE discusses the safety and effectiveness of this treatment for babies and children.

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Important information – please read If your child has to go into hospital for an operation or procedure they may need to have a ‘general anaesthetic’. A general anaesthetic makes sure that your child is unconscious and free of pain during an operation or procedure. Having an...

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