Paediatric Forensic Medicine & Pathology

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Smacking children to be banned in Scotland

Scottish government says it will ensure Green MSP’s bill to give children equal protection from assault becomes law<p>Scotland is set to become the first part of the UK to introduce an outright ban on smacking children, after the Scottish government confirmed it would ensure that a member’s bill to …

Rights & Freedoms

Gabriel Fernandez: Mother's boyfriend beat eight-year-old to death because he was gay, court told

An eight-year-old boy endured unimaginable abuse before his death including being forced to eat cat litter and being bound and gagged, a court …

Crime

The Little Orange Book - expert advice on helping babies and young children when they're poorly

The Little Orange Book – expert advice on helping babies and young children when they’re poorly<p>The Little Orange Book is focused on acute illness in …

NHS

National Metabolic Biochemistry Network

Metabolism

Baby sleep positioners dropped by shops after deaths warning

<b>Some UK retailers have stopped selling baby sleep positioners amid concerns over their safety.</b><p>A US health regulator said they "can cause suffocation that can lead to death" and have been linked to 12 infant deaths in the US.<p>The positioners, aimed at infants under six months, are intended to keep a …

Babies

HR executive flushed baby's body down her parents' drain - where a plumber found it three years later

A former Marks and Spencer HR executive flushed her dead child down a drain only for a plumber to find the body three years later.<p>Sinead Connett admitted to concealing her baby in a towel and three Marks and Spencer's plastic bags before putting him into a drainage pit at the bottom of her parents' …

Crime

Child protection and the development of child abuse pediatrics in New York City

•<p>New York City is where pediatrics evolved and where child abuse pediatrics was created.<p>•<p>Pediatric medicine began in the face of social strife and …

The radiological investigation of suspected physical abuse in children

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The radiological investigation of suspected physical abuse in children | The Royal College of Radiologists

This guidance has been produced jointly by The Royal College of Radiologists and the Society and College of Radiographers, and endorsed by the Royal …

Research

Dad jailed over baby son Reggie Young's dog bite death

<b>A father who was drunk and asleep when his dog killed his three-week-old son has been jailed for 21 months.</b><p>Reggie Young was mauled for up to 20 minutes at the family home in Falkland Road, Sunderland, on 20 June 2015.<p>Ryan Young, 32, of Holborn Road, Sunderland, previously pleaded guilty at …

Crime

Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith death: Social workers 'missed danger signs'

<b>Social workers missed signs of danger around a toddler who was stamped to death and focused too much on the condition of the mother who killed her, a serious case review has found.</b><p>Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith was murdered by her mother Kathryn Smith in May 2014.<p>The serious case review by the Derbyshire …

Pregnancy

Pontypridd baby Sunaria Hamid-Howells 'killed by parent'

<b>A five-month-old girl who died after suffering a fractured skull was unlawfully killed by one of her parents, a coroner has concluded.</b><p>Sunaria Hamid-Howells, from Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff, died in 2012.<p>A neonatal expert suggested at a previous hearing it was unlikely her fall from a rocker …

Crime

Charlie Gard medic derides 'soap opera' that stoked abuse of hospital

Ill-informed interventions from Donald Trump and others undermined confidence in Great Ormond Street hospital, clinician tells the Guardian<p>A member of the medical team that helped treat Charlie Gard has decried ill-informed politicians and religious leaders for stoking abuse of Great Ormond Street …

Charlie Gard

Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

<b>For 75 years, Finland's expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It's like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates.</b><p>It's a tradition that dates back to the 1930s and …

Babies

Cot death charity raises doubts over baby boxes

<b>A cot death charity has raised doubts over the benefits of Finnish-style baby boxes, which infants can sleep in.</b><p>Issuing new advice to parents, The Lullaby Trust said there was no evidence baby boxes reduced the rate of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).<p>The cardboard box, filled with baby products …

Babies

Controversial child abuse diagnosis makes its way to SA

DR Erfat Barnes sat in one of the few adult-size chairs in her office. On the other side of the room, green, yellow and red child-size plastic chairs …

Charlie Gard: facts, medicine, and right-wing fictions.

If you ever wondered whether the media does a good job of reporting nuanced stories, the Charlie Gard case offers the counterexample. This is a case …

Allergic school pupil 'hit' by cheese before he died, say family

A 13-year-old boy suffered a fatal allergic reaction after a boy allegedly flicked cheese into his face.<p>Karanbir Cheema's heartbroken father said his "brilliant" son had died in his arms.<p>Karanbir Cheema, known as Karan, was a bright "sweet" boy who enjoyed playing football and also attended karate …

Insufficient evidence for ‘shaken baby syndrome’ – a systematic review

Abstract<p>Shaken baby syndrome has typically been associated with findings of subdural haematoma, retinal haemorrhages and encephalopathy, which are …

Is Shaken Baby Syndrome the New Satanic Panic? A New Doc Reveals The Same "Experts" Behind Both

It's never simple when science suffers a shakeup. The road to the truth is littered with fallen experts who were disgraced when they tried to …

Documentaries

Boy, 4, died alone in Hackney flat two weeks after his mother's death

Coroner calls for changes in how schools treat cases of absent children following tragic death of Chadrack Mulo<p>A four-year-old boy, who was unable to call for help or feed himself, starved to death two weeks after his mother collapsed and died suddenly in the flat they shared, a coroner has said. …

Crime

Traumatic shaking – The role of the triad in medical investigations of suspected traumatic shaking

Summary of the results<p>The systematic review showed the following graded results:<p>There is limited scientific evidence that the triad1 and therefore …

Inflatable Beds: Dangerous For Infants, Attractive To Cash-Strapped Parents

Inflatable beds can be cheap, which is good news for consumers who want an alternative to pricey traditional mattresses. But their uneven, soft, impermeable surfaces are dangerous for babies, and can increase the risk of sudden infant death.<p>The dangers may be particularly acute for low-income …

Babies

Baby thought to have been shaken has rare syndrome, family court finds

Medical Journals

Physical Abuse of Children

…and lateral <b>views);</b> cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral spine (anteroposterior and lateral <b>views);</b> ribs, including oblique <b>views;</b> bony pelvis …

Medical Journals

Non-accidental injury | Radiology Case

Couple staged their baby’s death on London bus after months of physical abuse

A couple who staged the death of their premature baby on a London bus are facing a lengthy prison sentence after being found guilty at a trial at the …

Linear Skull Fracture

We all know that <b>traumatic brain injury</b> is a significant concern when evaluating pediatric patients with head injury. Over the years, this concern has …

Medicine