Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health (J Paediatr Child Health)

Publisher: Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Wiley

Journal description

Official Journal of the Division of Paediatrics (The Royal Australasian College of Physicians)In association with The Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand, The Paediatric Research Society of Australia and the Australasian Association of Paediatric Surgeons. The Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health draws together both the formal aspects of paediatric medicine and surgery and the broader fields of child health, covering general paediatrics, perinatal medicine, paediatric surgery and community paediatrics. Original research articles, clinical studies and case reports are published as well as invited annotations on current topics, review articles, editorial comments, policy statements on child care and a comprehensive book review section.

Current impact factor: 1.15

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 1.151
2013 Impact Factor 1.193
2012 Impact Factor 1.254
2011 Impact Factor 1.281
2010 Impact Factor 1.221
2009 Impact Factor 1.138
2008 Impact Factor 1.124
2007 Impact Factor 0.896
2006 Impact Factor 0.931
2005 Impact Factor 1.007
2004 Impact Factor 0.893
2003 Impact Factor 0.879
2002 Impact Factor 0.774
2001 Impact Factor 0.894
2000 Impact Factor 0.698
1999 Impact Factor 0.455
1998 Impact Factor 0.359
1997 Impact Factor 0.398

Impact factor over time

Impact factor
Year

Additional details

5-year impact 1.31
Cited half-life 7.90
Immediacy index 0.30
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.46
Website Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health website
Other titles Journal of paediatrics and child health (Online), Journal of pediatrics and child health, Paediatrics and child health
ISSN 1440-1754
OCLC 44974418
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Aims: The aim of this study was to identify factors that predict risk of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) in obese children, which could aid in prioritising sleep studies. Methods: A retrospective chart review was undertaken of obese children seen in the KOALA weight management clinic and Sleep clinic. Data collected included demographics, clinical history, examination findings, biochemical markers, and polysomnogram results. Results: Two hundred seventy-two obese children were seen in the KOALA clinic out of which 54 (20%) were also seen in the Sleep clinic because of snoring. Thirty-two were referred by the KOALA clinic; the remaining 22 were referred by other medical practitioners prior to being seen in the KOALA clinic. Thirty-nine had polysomnograms. The time from referral to Sleep clinic ranged from 10 days to 1.5 years with 50% seen within 6 months; with similar time gap between the blood tests and time of polysomnograms. Thirty-six percent (14/39) were reported to have OSA. Six children were Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) and all had OSA, which was statistically significant (P = 0.004). There was a statistically significant correlation between high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and obstructive event index (OEI) in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. (r = 0.50, P = 0.04). Correlation between low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and OEI in REM was r = 0.36, P = 0.06, which approached significance. Conclusions: Ethnicity was a significant factor with more obese ATSI children having OSA. The significant correlation between hs-CRP with OEI is consistent with findings of previous studies. Several factors (glycosylated haemoglobin, LDL) approached significance.
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    ABSTRACT: Aim: We aimed to identify key socioeconomic and health factors that are associated with a child's likelihood of being retained in kindergarten prior to commencing first year of school in Australian children. Methods: We used data linked from the School Entrant Health Questionnaire administered to children commencing school in 2012 (N = 42 002). Kindergarten retention here is defined by children accessing a second year of funded kindergarten prior to commencing school. We used logistic regression analysis to estimate the strength of associations between a range of socioeconomic and health factors to the likelihood of kindergarten retention. Results: Of the 25 289 children included in our analysis, 903 (3.6%) had a second year of funded kindergarten prior to commencing school. In comparison, 1680 children out of 42 002 in the Kinder-School Entrant Health Questionnaire dataset had a second year of funded kindergarten (4.0%). From our final regression model, the highest association was found in children whose parents reported a history of speech and language difficulties (odds ratio 2.25, 95% confidence interval (1.91-2.66)) (adjusting for a range of demographic, health and developmental factors). Similarly, children from an indigenous background were twice as likely to be retained in kindergarten compared with those with a non-indigenous background (odds ratio 2.06 (1.17-3.64)). Conclusion: This analysis adds to the evidence base that children who are more socially disadvantaged as well as children with health difficulties, particularly speech and language difficulties, are more likely to be retained in kindergarten.
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    ABSTRACT: Aim: The aim of this study was to compare hospital admissions from infancy to adulthood, between children born with orofacial clefts (OFC) and those without OFC. Methods: The method used was a cohort study using record-linked administrative datasets. Participants included all children liveborn in Western Australia (WA) between 1980 and 2010 diagnosed with OFC, who were frequency matched by year of birth to randomly selected liveborn children without OFC. We calculated rate ratios (RR) of hospital admission, number and reason of admissions, cumulative length of stay, for each cleft type (cleft lip only (CLO), cleft lip and palate (CL+P), cleft palate only (CPO), no OFC) and by age period (infancy, pre-school, primary and high school ages, and early adulthood). Results: Overall, 1396 children were diagnosed with an OFC and compared with 6566 children without OFC. Individuals born with OFC were up to three times more likely to be admitted to hospital, had more admissions and longer cumulative length of stay in all age periods. Children with OFC were also more likely to be admitted for ear and digestive system conditions (RR up to 30 and six times higher, respectively). Children with CL+P and CPO were more likely to be admitted for respiratory conditions (RR 1.3-2.0) and children with CPO were six times more likely to be admitted for care for other congenital anomalies. Conclusions: Throughout childhood, individuals born with OFC were more likely to be admitted, and had more hospitalisations than those without OFC. Children born with CL+P or CPO had a higher hospitalisation burden than children born with CLO.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
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    ABSTRACT: This paper reviews the literature on the impact of social media on the health of children and young people. Relevant papers were identified from Medline, Embase and PsycINFO databases. The studies identified that the health impact of social media on children and young people was greatest on mental health and specifically in the areas of self-esteem and well-being, with related issues around cyberbullying and 'Facebook Depression', with an association between the use of social media and self-esteem and body image. However, it is difficult to determine the cause and effect, which is likely to be related to the nature of the young person. There is little work on the impact of social media on younger children. More research is needed to identify those most at risk of harm from social media and risk mitigation strategies to assist health-care professionals to provide essential education for parents and young people.
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    ABSTRACT: Aim: The aim of this paper was to study the prevalence of a regular source of primary care for Victorian children attending one of four emergency departments (EDs) and to determine associated characteristics, including ED use. Methods: Responses were collected via an electronic survey from parents attending EDs with their child (≤9 years of age) for a lower-urgency condition. Single, multiple choice, and Likert scale responses were analysed using bivariate and logistic regression tests. Results: Of the 1146 parents who provided responses, 80% stated their child has a regular source of primary care. Of these, care is mostly received by a general practitioner (GP) (95%) in GP group practices (71%). Approximately 20% have changed where their child receives primary care in the last year. No associations were observed between having a regular source of primary care and frequency of ED attendance in the past 12 months, although parents whose child did not have a regular source of primary care were more likely to view the ED as a more convenient place to receive care than the primary care provider (39% without regular source vs. 18% with regular source; P < 0.0001). Children were less likely to have a regular source of primary care if their parents were younger, had a lower household income, lower education, and were visiting a hospital in a lower socio-economic indexes for areas rank. Conclusions: Policy options to improve continuity of care for children may require investigation. Increasing the prevalence of regular source of primary care for children may in turn reduce ED visits.
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    ABSTRACT: We would like to draw your attention to a problematic feeding behaviour that has not previously been described in CHARGE syndrome. A 17-year-old female adolescent with a confirmed genetic diagnosis of CHARGE syndrome and many of the typical physical features of the genetic disorder (Table 1) presented to her general paediatrician’s clinic with problems of over-stuffing her mouth and holding food in her cheeks during eating, which had led to choking incidents. The adolescent had experienced choking episodes during eating several times a year and had two severe choking episodes during her life that required the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge food.
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    ABSTRACT: Aim: Melatonin has been proposed as a premedication alternative to midazolam, preceding anaesthesia induction. However, to our knowledge, data concerning interaction between melatonin and intravenous anaesthetic drugs in children are not available. The aim of this prospective, randomized, double-blind pilot study was to investigate the possible effect of melatonin premedication, in comparison to midazolam, on the required infusion of propofol in children undergoing surgery. As a secondary outcome, the effect of oral melatonin on the preoperative sedation level and on the post anaesthesia recovery score was evaluated. Methods: Children between the age of 5 and 14 years, scheduled for elective surgery, were prospectively enrolled between January 2012 and December 2013, and randomly assigned to two groups based on whether they received oral melatonin (0.5 mg/kg) or oral midazolam (0.5 mg/kg) premedication before induction of anaesthesia with propofol. Degree of sedation before and after anaesthesia was also evaluated. Results: Ninety-two patients were studied, 46 for each group. We found that oral administration of melatonin significantly reduced doses of propofol required for induction of anaesthesia in paediatric patients, more than midazolam (P < 0.001). No statistically significant differences were found in the pre- and post-anaesthesia sedation score (P = 0.387 and P = 0.525, respectively) between the two groups. Conclusions: The present study demonstrates that melatonin enhances the potency of propofol also in paediatric patients. Moreover, considering the paediatric level of sedation, melatonin was equally as effective as midazolam. These data support the use of melatonin as a premedicant in paediatric surgical patients.
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    ABSTRACT: Aim: In view of recent studies questioning the usefulness of peritoneal drainage (PD) in premature neonates with pneumoperitoneum, suggesting approximately 75% of those treated with PD needed delayed laparotomy, we reviewed the requirement for laparotomy after initial PD at our institution. Methods: Retrospective cohort of all premature infants with a diagnosis of intestinal perforation (ICD Code P78.0) from 1995 to 2012. Inclusion criteria were pneumoperitoneum on x-ray (isolated perforation or necrotising enterocolitis), birthweight <1800 g and gestational age <33 weeks. Results: Fifty patients met the criteria (38 PD, 12 primary laparotomy). Thirty-two per cent (95% CI 18-49%) received secondary laparotomy after initial PD. There was no significant difference when stratified according to isolated perforation (24%) versus necrotising enterocolitis (56%, P = 0.11). There was no significant difference between PD and primary laparotomy for time to full enteral nutrition, hazard ratio (HR) 0.99 (95% CI 0.48-2.04) or mortality, HR 2.15 (95% CI 0.48-9.63). The HR for mortality was partly confounded by birthweight, birthweight-adjusted HR 1.52 (95% CI 0.32-7.23). Conclusions: Thirty-two per cent of neonates treated with primary PD received secondary laparotomy, with no significant difference in key outcomes. Primary PD still appears to be of benefit for those without features of necrotising enterocolitis.
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