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EBP Compendium: Summary of Clinical Practice Guideline

World Health Organization; Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID); Institute for Child Health IRCCS “Burlo Garofolo” (Italy); International Paediatric Association
WHO Pocket Book of Hospital Care for Children: Guidelines for the Management of Common Illnesses with Limited Resources

World Health Organization. (2005).
Geneva (Switzerland): WHO Press, 398 pages.

AGREE Rating: Recommended with Provisos


This guideline provides recommendations for the first level management of illness in young children. The intended audiences are doctors, senior nurses, and other senior health workers in developing countries.  


  • Assessment/Diagnosis
    • Assessment Areas
      • Swallowing/Feeding - Babies with low birth weight or cleft palate may exhibit feeding difficulties. The guideline recommends assessment and ongoing monitoring of feeding and growth.  
      • Speech - Babies with cleft palate may have difficulties with speech development. Follow up post-surgery is recommended to monitor speech development.
      • Hearing - Babies with cleft palate may exhibit middle-ear infections. The guideline recommends monitoring of hearing post-surgery. 

Keywords: Craniofacial Disorders

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Added to Compendium: November 2011

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