Chapter 32. Neonatal Conditions

  1. Kate Thomson MBBS, FRACP General Paediatrician1,2,
  2. Dean Tey MBBS Allergy and Immunology Fellow3 and
  3. Michael Marks MBBS, MPH, MD, FRACP Paediatrician Senior Lecturer4,5
  1. Peter McDougall MB, BS, FRACP, MBA Chief of Medicine Director of Neonatology and
  2. Rod Hunt FRACP, PhD, MMed, MRCP (UK), BMBS Consultant Neonatologist

Published Online: 17 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch32

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

McDougall, P. and Hunt, R. (2009) Neonatal Conditions, in Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition (eds K. Thomson, D. Tey and M. Marks), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch32

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Department of Developmental Medicine, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  2. 2

    Emergency Department, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  3. 3

    Department of Allergy and Immunology, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 4

    Department of General Medicine, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  5. 5

    Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 13 FEB 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405174008

Online ISBN: 9781444308051



  • neonatal conditions - first examination to detect congenital abnormalities;
  • variations from normal - skin, deformities and others;
  • common minor problems - hiccups, clicky hips, vomiting, vaginal discharge, bleeding umbilical cord;
  • jaundice;
  • respiratory distress - transient tachypnoea of newborn or ‘wet lung syndrome’;
  • non-pulmonary causes of respiratory difficulty - cardiac and pulmonary hypertension;
  • management of respiratory diseases and respiratory care;
  • neonatal seizures and neonatal abstinence syndrome;
  • postnatal depression and maternal mastitis - clinical features and management;
  • very low birthweight infants - bronchopulmonary dysplasia, necrotising enterocolitis


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Routine care

  • Neonatal resuscitation

  • Variations from normal

  • Common minor problems

  • Jaundice

  • Respiratory distress

  • Hypoglycaemia

  • Neonatal infection

  • Neonatal seizures

  • Neonatal abstinence syndrome

  • Postnatal depression

  • Maternal mastitis

  • Problems of the ex-very low birthweight infant