Wit'n'Wisdom - 23 November 2012

Dr Waks informally has acronyms for kids who have short attention spans using their parents’ mobile devices during her consultations. They include Intermittent Processing Attention Disorder (IPAD) as well as the non-verbal child with gifted thumbs, International Phonetic Neurological Entity, also known as IPHONE.

Dr Alycia Utberg of Strathfield, NSW, was seeing a seven-year-old with a history of asthma. He’d had a good winter, and had come in with his first cough for months. The cough was dry and his chest was clear, so she