Children's Health Services
The Gold Coast Women and Children's Clinic offers a range of health and medical services to children from birth to adult age including:
Acne is a common skin condition, particularly in teenagers and consists of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and, sometimes, deeper boil-like lesions called nodules. It is most common on the face but can also occur on the back, chest, shoulders and neck. Untreated, acne can lead to permanent scarring and so should not be ignored, but treatment is available to control the condition. Our Doctors are able to assess and provide treatment from a range of options, and monitor the response to this treatment over time.
Allergies and Eczema
Eczema, also known as atopic eczema or allergic eczema, may occur in isolation but can sometimes be associated with other conditions such as allergic rhinitis (hay fever), asthma, and food allergy, either at the time, or later on in life. It is most common in infants, where it occurs in around 1 in 5 children under the age 2, but can occur at any age. Most people improve with age, however untreated eczema can lead to secondary infections, and chronic skin changes (such as lichenification or abnormal thickening of the skin). If simple moisturiser fails to settle the condition, our doctors are able to decide whether further investigation or treatment is necessary.
Asthma and Respiratory
Asthma is a chronic condition, diagnosed after discussion and examination with your doctor. Assessment may also include a response to a trial of medication and/or spirometry (a breathing test) for older children, and is available at our clinic, usually at the time of consultation. The onset of symptoms is often before the age of 5, but can occur at any age. Even mild asthma can suddenly become an emergency, and our GP’s are able to provide asthma care plans and long term treatment and monitoring to ensure the condition is well controlled. In emergencies, such as a suspected severe asthma attack or serious breathing issues, dial 000.
Children's Health Checks
Check ups of growth and development are often conducted in conjunction with routine immunisations, but can be done at any time, especially if there is any parental concern. Depending on the age, a general check up may include asking about any health concerns, feeding/nutrition, measurement of growth, and assessment of vision, hearing, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, communication skills, and developmental reflexes.
This is the term used when a young child is slower to develop the physical, emotional, social and communication skills that is expected in children of the same age. The delay may be in one of these areas, or in multiple areas. Any parental concern regarding development should be brought to the attention of a GP (rather than waiting to see if they ‘grow out of it’, as early intervention of any issues results in better outcomes for the child and family. Our GP’s are able to provide initial assessments of developmental concerns, and refer for any appropriate intervention if required.
Eating Disorders are characterised by irregular eating habits and severe distress or concern about a person’s body weight or shape. The most common forms of eating disorders include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder which can affect both females and males. Early intervention is advised and treatment can be comprised with a support team of medical doctors, nutritionists and therapists.
Infant Feeding and Fussiness
Babies with feeding problems or general fussiness may exhibit a number of signs and symptoms that will vary across each individual. Whilst an underlying medical cause is not present in the majority of cases, these concerns should be discussed with your GP to ensure that this isn’t the case before making any significant changes to the diet or feeding regime. This is especially true if there is weight loss or persistent vomiting.
Mental health difﬁculties affect a child’s emotions and behaviour, and can cause concern for the child, parents and carers, and also the child’s school. It affects approximately 1 in 7 of Australian children. ADHD, anxiety and depression are examples of common mental health difﬁculties in primary school-aged children. Identifying and early intervention can make a signiﬁcant difference to a child’s life. If you have concerns about your child’s mental health, book in with one of our Doctors as initial assessments and ongoing support is available.
A discussion regarding nutrition and diet may be beneficial for children that are either underweight or overweight, or have a limited range of foods in the diet. A paediatric dietitian is available on-site, and families may either self-refer, or see our GP’s in the first instance.
Different sleep problems can affect children at different ages, and may require professional treatment. Some sleep issues that can be due to medical conditions include insomnia, sleep apnoea, snoring, night terrors, narcolepsy, and some developmental conditions. Sometimes further assessment such as a sleep study, or referral to a specialist may be required. In infants, poor sleep is usually not due to an underlying medical condition, but may require referral to a dedicated sleep clinic. Our GP’s are able to provide initial assessment, resources, advice and strategies.
Recurrent Ear infections
Ear infections usually develop along with a cold or other upper-respiratory infection. Young children are much more prone to them because the tubes in their ears are shorter and smaller, making it easier for fluid to get trapped and build up. One or two ear infections a year is fairly normal, however, if your child has three episodes in six months or four in a year it is recommended to seek a GP for medical advice.
Immunisation is a simple and effective way of protecting children against certain diseases. Immunisation works by triggering the immune system to fight against certain diseases and not only protects your own family, but also others by helping control serious diseases in our community. Please refer to the current Queensland Immunisation Schedule to check when your child’s vaccinations are due. Our GP’s are available to discuss any concerns about your child’s immunisations. The clinic can also assess immunisation histories (whether completed in Australia or overseas), arrange ‘catch up’ immunisations where required, and provide travel immunisations (with the exception of yellow fever). Eastbrooke Family Clinic (Burleigh Waters) is a preferred immunisation provider with Queensland Health and Gold Coast Public Health.
PLEASE NOTE: The GP’s at the Gold Coast Women and Children’s Clinic have a special interest in all facets of Women’s and Children’s Health and are available to discuss any health concerns you may have, including those that may not be specifically listed within this website. For additional enquiries please ask one of our friendly staff members for more details.