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Changes to the use of palivizumab to protect at-risk children from winter respiratory virus

20 July 2021

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) usually occurs for a few weeks in the winter and is the most common cause of infections in the airways and lungs (lower respiratory tract infection) in children. For most children, RSV causes only mild illness that doesn’t need treatment. However, some children are at risk of severe infection that may need treatment in hospital.

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The 'Ready Steady Go' programme

25 May 2021

Support for young people moving from children's to adult healthcare services

TIER is an international team of healthcare professionals who have developed the ‘Ready Steady Go’ programme. This programme aims to support patients and their carers through the process of transitioning from children’s to adult services.

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Looking after children with complex needs during Covid-19 lockdown

12 February 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for the thousands of parents and families across the UK who look after children with complex health needs. Many doctors have not been able to see their patients regularly during lockdown and are keen to know how they can better help and support family carers.

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Updated guidance for healthcare professionals on prescribing valproate

14 December 2020

Updated guidance on valproate use has been produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners, Association of British Neurologists and Royal College of Physicians, and endorsed by RCPCH among other professional bodies. 

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Information leaflet for Sytron now updated to Sodium Feredetate

30 July 2020

The Medicines for Children team have made a change to the medicines leaflets giving information on Sytron. 

These leaflets have now been changed to the generic name sodium feredetate throughout and the brand SodiFer has been added.

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Alternative ways to get your medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic

8 May 2020

Some families might be finding it more difficult to get their regular medicines because of the need for physical distancing and shielding. However, it is very important that your child still continues to have their medicine as normal.

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Useful resources to help you during the COVID-19 pandemic

5 May 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak is a challenging time for parents and carers who want to make sure they are looking after their children's physical and mental health. Our partner organisations have developed useful information that you can be confident is reliable and accurate. 

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Advice for accessing medicial care during the coronavirus pandemic

16 April 2020

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have issued advice to parents and carers on how to access medical care for their child during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and ibuprofen

25 March 2020

The Medicines for Children team have updated our guidance on how to relieve symptoms of COVID-19 in children. Previously we had advised against giving ibruprofen but new advice from experts concludes that there is currently not enough evidence to establish a link between the use of ibuprofen and worsening the symptoms of COVID-19.

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Recall of ranitidine

16 October 2019

A medicine called ranitidine, which is used to treat conditions such as acid reflux in children, has been recalled by some manufacturers because of concerns that it may contain low levels of an impurity called NDMA. This is a voluntary precautionary measure whilst the MHRA – the organization responsible for the safety of medicines in the UK – assesses the situation.