The mystery of molluscum?


What is molluscum contagiosum? Molluscum contagiosum, aka “water warts”, is a viral skin infection that appears as pinkish, little smooth bumps or pimples filled with an oily substance. What are the symptoms of molluscum contagiosum There may or may not be a redness around them. If you look close enough they may each have a […]

The lowdown on impetigo


What is impetigo? Impetigo, aka “school sores”, is a highly contagious superficial skin infection caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes.  It is typically an infection seen in toddlers and children and spreads in places such as day care centres, play groups and schools. It is much less common in adults but they can be affected, particularly if […]

Understanding iron deficiency in children

iron deficiency

Iron deficiency is increasingly common amongst children, however it definitely shouldn’t be the ‘new normal’. It is estimated that approximately 8% of Australian children are anaemic with the leading cause being iron deficiency. In an ideal world, our children should: In reality, many children do not eat enough iron-containing foods (such as red meat). Compounding […]