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Sleeping newborn

Baby won't sleep? Here's why babies wake

One of the biggest concerns for parents is whether your baby will sleep. It can cause some apprehension, especially if you’re a single parent, or managing most of your baby’s care. Registered nurse, midwife and author Fran Chavasse offers her advice.

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Mother and baby looking at a doctor on a computer

Online health searching: Is it reliable?

Searching online for medical information can allow parents to better understand their child’s condition and help them to play a more active role in their child’s health management. But should you tell your doctor and can you rely on what you find?

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Boys lagging behind when school starts

What role do biology and society play in boys not being as developmentally ready to start school as girls? Right from birth, boys and girls don’t begin life on the same starting block. The impact of this is a question researchers are trying to unravel.

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Woman working in a laboratory.

Genomics: Would you test your child?

Genomic testing reviews the whole of a person’s genetic makeup. Researchers from Melbourne’s Murdoch Children’s Research Institute set out to discover if parents were offered additional genetic information about their newborn, would they accept it?

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Nursery

Help for parents of stillborn babies

For most parents, pregnancy is a happy time filled with joyful anticipation, but in Australia 1,724 babies die each year. Acknowledging this trauma, leave entitlements have now been increased for parents dealing with a stillbirth or infant death.

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Mother with twins

Twins: Safe sleep, settling and routines

Welcoming twins into your life is exciting. No-one can prepare you for the reality that descends once you get your twins home and begin to parent them. One of the major challenges is coordinating your twins' feeding, socialising and sleeping routines.

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Mother breastfeeding a child

Baby apps: helping or hindering mums?

Replacing the safety pin which reminded new mothers which side to next breastfeed on, apps designed to track everything an infant does, including breastfeeding, are widely available. But while they can reassure new mothers they may also overwhelm them.

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Happy child

The state of Australia’s children: report

The good news is most of our children are happy, healthy and safe, according to a report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. However, children’s experiences and outcomes can vary depending on where they live and family circumstances.

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