Paws for thought... the exciting new blog from Doctor Bear

November 8, 2019

I sit writing this blog having been awake half the night with my 6 month old, who currently has his 5th cold.  He is the youngest of 4 so there’s no prizes for guessing where all these viruses have come from!  He has a hacking cough, which makes him sound like a lifelo...

September 24, 2019

One of the many, often unspoken of, joys of parenting come in the form of threadworms.  Yes, it is as disgusting as it sounds but so common in young children.  Our experience as doctors and Mums, is that this is so little spoken of, that when it happens to your child,...

August 10, 2018

It’s that time of year when I run around getting ready for our annual summer holiday – I generally like to have cleaned and cleared out the fridge, vacuumed the house, arranged a food delivery for the day of our return… oh and packed for 5 people.  I also end up gather...

June 5, 2018

This week is child safety week.  Did you know that each day 45 toddlers are taken to hospital because of a fall, and 6 children are admitted every day with significant burns?   Now not to freak you out because at some point, all of our children sustain injuries – that’...

May 10, 2018

I am no dentist… but my colleagues will tell you that recently, I have become somewhat obsessed with the state of children’s teeth!  As a Paediatrician, we spend time prising little ones’ mouths open to check tonsils and get a glimpse of their teeth in doing so.  And i...

April 3, 2018

Last summer, I discovered that my 5 and 3 year old children both had head lice – I instantly started feeling extremely itchy, rushed to the local pharmacy to buy bucket loads of that ‘special shampoo’ and then spent hours combing and obsessing about them coming back....

March 11, 2018

We wrote this piece for pocket nannies but thought it might be useful to share here too!

It’s the time of year for coughs and colds and unfortunately, babies are vulnerable and catch the winter viruses that are doing the rounds.  Last year, when my youngest was 9 months...

January 23, 2018

I had the joy just before Christmas of our household being struck down with a vomiting bug – so common at this time of year and definitely within the top 5 reasons children come to the Emergency Department.  My middle child, who is 3 years old was the worst affected an...