Paediatric Clinical Practice Guidelines

The SA Paediatric Clinical Practice Guidelines are designed to assist clinicians with decisions about appropriate health care for children and young people aged 0-18 years, not including management of neonatal conditions.

The guidelines are designed to:

  • improve the quality and consistency of health care
  • reduce the use of unnecessary, ineffective or harmful interventions
  • facilitate treatment with the maximum chance of benefit, minimum risk of harm, and at an acceptable cost
  • assist decision-making in acute care of conditions where inappropriate care may lead to serious adverse consequences.

The SAPCG are underpinned by evidence-based clinical practice principles which take into account patients' preferences and clinicians' professional judgement. They are primarily aimed at clinicians working in primary care, local, regional, general or tertiary hospitals and should be used within the context of offering individualised care for patients.


Acute asthma (PDF 185KB)

Acute Otitis Media (PDF 481KB)

Anaphylaxis in children (PDF 558KB)

Bronchiolitis in children (PDF 709KB)

Constipation in children (PDF 916KB)

Croup (PDF 813KB)

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) (PDF 418KB)

Fever without focus (PDF 274KB)

Gastroenteritis in children (PDF 389KB)

Ingested Foreign Bodies (including button batteries) (PDF 197KB)

Paediatric burns (PDF 691KB)

Paediatric empyema excluding neonates (PDF 349KB)

Pain management and opioid safety (PDF 967KB)

Paracetamol poisoning (PDF 331KB)

Propranolol for infantile haemangioma (PDF 308KB)

Seizures in children (PDF 362KB)

Vitamin D deficiency in children (PDF 816KB)

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