Acute and chronic medical conditions in children from birth to primary school years. Valerie has particular interests in infant crying, childhood sleep problems, childhood hearing loss, continence and toileting problems, developmental delay, autism, ADHD, obesity and growth concerns, asthma, eczema, behavioural and learning problems.
Valerie Sung is a general and behavioural/developmental paediatrician at the Centre for Community Child Health and Department of General Medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital. She works in the Unsettled Babies Clinic and has also worked in the Sleep Clinic and in various General Medical clinics.
In 2016, she set up the first paediatric clinical service for children with hearing loss at The RCH, the Caring for Hearing Impaired Children (CHIC) clinic.
Her PhD examined the role of probiotics for infant crying. She is also a strong advocate for optimising patient care quality, and is part of the hospital’s team in rolling out an electronic medical record system aimed to improve the health system and patient outcomes.
Valerie completed her paediatric training at the Royal Children’s Hospital in 2008. She completed a paediatric clinical and research observership at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Centre in Ohio, USA, in 2009. She obtained a Masters in Public Health from Monash University in 2010, and recently completed her PhD thesis through the University of Melbourne.
Valerie is an active clinical researcher at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Her PhD examined the role of probiotics for infant colic, and she leads an international collaboration of research in this area. Her other research passion is to find ways to optimise care for children with hearing loss to enable them to achieve their full developmental potentials, and strategies to improve patient care. Her other publications include childhood sleep and obesity.
Being a mother of two preschool girls, Valerie is passionate about family centred care, and enjoys working collaboratively with families to reach the best possible outcomes for the child and the family. She works closely with allied health professionals, including lactation consultants, maternal and child health nurses, speech therapists, psychologists and physiotherapists, and also liaises with preschool and school educators when needed.
Treating infant colic with the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri: double blind, placebo controlled randomised trial.