• The paediatric clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) presented on this site are developed to assist clinicians with decisions about appropriate health care for children and young people. They detail the assessment and management of many common (and some rare but important) conditions affecting children and have been developed for use in healthcare settings attended by children.

    These CPGs are targeted at clinicians only. Health information for patients and families is available through Kids Health Info. Patients, parents or other community members using these CPGs should do so in conjunction with a health professional and should not rely on the information in these guidelines as professional medical advice.

    These CPGs do not constitute a textbook and therefore deliberately provide little, if any, explanation or background to the conditions and treatment outlined. They are however designed to acquaint the reader rapidly with the clinical problem and provide practical advice regarding assessment and management.

    Where possible, these CPGs are developed by a multidisciplinary team of practising clinicians by consensus and based on the evidence available. However, the guidelines do not necessarily represent the views of all clinicians at the Royal Children's Hospital or the other participating healthcare organisations.

    The recommendations contained in these CPGs do not indicate an exclusive course of action or standard of care. They do not replace the need for application of clinical judgment to each individual presentation, nor variations based on locality and facility type.

    The inclusion of links to external websites does not constitute an endorsement of those websites nor the information or services offered.

    The authors of these CPGs have made considerable efforts to ensure the information upon which they are based is accurate and up to date. Users of these CPGs are strongly recommended to confirm that the information contained within them, especially drug doses, is correct by way of independent sources. The authors accept no responsibility for any inaccuracies, information perceived as misleading, or the success or failure of any treatment regimen detailed in the CPGs.

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