Malaysian Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health https://mpaeds.my/journals/index.php/MJPCH <p>The online Malaysian Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health (MJPCH) provides a forum for the dissemination of original research articles as well as review articles in all areas related to Paediatrics and Child Health.</p> <p>This open-access journal focuses on cutting-edge research in the field of Paediatrics and Child Health, including case reports on different clinical findings, hence sharing not only the knowledge but the experience of specialists and consultants in the related fields. Researchers will also have the opportunity to submit their findings in a form of short communications. Different types of submissions will benefit not only the paediatricians but also the general medical profession.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Malaysian Paediatric Association en-US Malaysian Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 1511-4511 THE USE OF MODIFIED CHECKLIST FOR AUTISM IN TODDLERS (MALAY VERSION) IN DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS AND OTHER DEVELOPMENTAL BEHAVIOURAL DISORDERS https://mpaeds.my/journals/index.php/MJPCH/article/view/81 <p><strong>Objective</strong>: The present study examined the sensitivity and specificity of M-CHAT-Malay version [M-CHAT(MV)] to discriminate ASD from other developmental-behavioural disorders. <strong>Methods</strong>: This study was carried out in the Child Development Centre at a tertiary referral centre. Parents of 130 children aged 18–60 months, referred for developmental-behavioural disorders were asked to complete M-CHAT(MV). A child was considered to have ASD if they failed any 3 of the 23 total items or 2 or more of the 6 critical items. <strong>Results</strong>: Looking at the total items, M-CHAT(MV) has a good sensitivity (88.9%) to differentiate between ASD and other developmental-behavioural disorders, although specificity was only 47.8%. However, the critical items only has sensitivity of 71.4% and specificity of 77.6%. Sensitivity for children aged 49–60 months old was lower (80.0%) compared to those in the younger age group (100.0% and 90.3% for those aged 25-36 months and 37–48 months respectively). Based on the ROC curve, the optimal criteria to detect ASD was failing 1 out of 6 critical items or 3 out of 23 total items. <strong>Conclusion</strong>: M-CHAT(MV) is a good screening tool in differentiating ASD from other developmental-behavioural disorders although the critical items’ criteria may need to be lowered to improve its sensitivity in selected cohorts.</p> Doris Sie Chong Lau Copyright (c) 2019-06-03 2019-06-03 25 1 Palatal fracture and airway challenge in a child- a red flag https://mpaeds.my/journals/index.php/MJPCH/article/view/62 <p><strong>Objective: </strong>Airway managements in maxillofacial fracture patients are complex and crucial. Trauma to the maxillofacial region may cause hemorrhage, swelling which may lead to pulmonary aspiration and airway obstruction. Airway managements in maxillofacial fracture patients are complex and crucial. Besides being uncooperative, presence of fracture and soft tissue injuries posed challenges in managing paediatric patient whom already have smaller airway opening. This condition is an important red flag which required extra caution from the treating clinicians.</p> <p><strong>Method</strong>: A 6-year-old boy was involved in a road traffic accident , presented with profuse bleeding from the oral cavity and nostril. Physical examination showed oozing of blood with step deformity of the midpalate, Multiple attempts of intubation resulted with failure before succeeding with the aid of suctioning devices. After intubation was done, intraoral bleeding was successfully managed with transpalatal wiring and nasal packing.</p> <p><strong>Results</strong>: The patient was ventilated in intensive care unit and was extubated two days later. He was discharged well from hospital after one week of admission</p> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong>: Airway management is a rush against time, particularly in pediatric patient suffering from palatal fracture. The need of helping hands for suction and child control must be emphasized to ensure the patient’s survival.</p> min jim lim Tengku Aszraf Tengku Shaeran Soon Eu Chong Copyright (c) 2019 Malaysian Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 2019-11-24 2019-11-24 25 1 Unwitnessed Snake Bite in Children - A Challenge in Diagnosis and Management: A Case Report https://mpaeds.my/journals/index.php/MJPCH/article/view/73 <p>The clinical diagnosis of snakebite is critical, particularly in Southeast Asia where venomous snakebites are a public health concern. Additionally, cases involving unwitnessed snakebite with no species identification, especially in non-verbal children posed a challenge in the emergency setting. A 2-year-2-month-old boy presented to our Emergency Department with signs of neurotoxicity. He was restless and mildly bradypnoeic with the respiratory rate of 24 to 28 breaths per minute. He also had bilateral ptosis with absent gag reflex. There were faint fang marks noted over the medial aspect of his left ankle with local swelling and bruises, despite no history of animal bite and no eyewitness. A high index of suspicion of neurotoxic envenomation was prompted and a total of 6 vials of neuro-polyvalent anti-venom were administered in scheduled batches. Progressive clinical recovery was subsequently observed after the first batch of anti-venom administration. The case illustrated the importance of clinical recognition of neurotoxic envenomation in the absence of snake bite history or species identification. Early administration of anti-venom may potentially reverse the neurotoxic effects of systemic envenomation and saves lives.</p> SZE YEE LUI NOOR ZURAINI ABU BAKAR IDA ZALIZA ZAINOL ABIDIN Copyright (c) 2019 Malaysian Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 2019-12-03 2019-12-03 25 1 BILATERAL NEONATAL BREAST ABSCESS IN A WELL-APPEARING NEONATE https://mpaeds.my/journals/index.php/MJPCH/article/view/87 <p>Neonatal mastitis and abscess are rare and most often unilateral. Neonatal breast massage for physiological breast hypertrophy is suspected to be a predisposing factor in the case reported here: a 14-day-old neonate with bilateral neonatal breast abscess, treated effectively with intravenous cloxacillin and surgical aspiration.</p> Muhammad Yusoff Mohd Ramdzan Copyright (c) 2019-12-05 2019-12-05 25 1