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Articles about Newborn & infancy

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Why under-fives always seem to be sick

COVID has put the spotlight on health but most parents will experience what is often referred to as the ‘sick’ stage with young children. When does the ‘sick’ stage end, can parents boost their child’s immunity and how to keep working through it all?

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Childhood milestones: When to seek advice

We've all read the advice on milestones and what your baby or toddler should be doing and when. But what happens if your child isn't meeting their milestone? With conflicting information it can be hard to know when to stop worrying or investigate further.

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The importance of healthy sleep

Healthy sleep is critical due to the rapid growth and development in early childhood. Dr Yaqoot Fatima, Research Fellow for University of Queensland’s Institute for Social Science Research examines what healthy sleep looks like and how to get it.

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Invisible mums: Why new mums feel neglected

Motherhood is a time when new mums need support and understanding, but attention is often on the baby. Fathers also aren’t immune from the cloak of invisibility. So how do we support new parents and ensure they're not lost to the newborn spotlight?

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How maternal nurse home visits help mums

Australian researchers have found a simple way to improve the mental health and wellbeing of mothers living in adversity. Mothers reported lower rates of depression, anxiety and stress after regular home visits by maternal and child health nurses.

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Let’s chat! Conversations with infants

While babies are born with an innate ability to tune into language, their language development is shaped by the kinds of interactions they experience from birth. Professor of Early Childhood Sheila Degotardi looks at the importance of conversation.

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Paid Parental Leave scheme turns 10

It’s been ten years since Australia first introduced its federally funded Paid Parental Leave scheme offering a payment for up to 18 weeks while you care for your baby. So what has changed in a decade and how do we compare to international standards?

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Quality programs for birth to threes

Many parents are anxious about sending very young children to a long-day-care centre. Professor of Early Childhood Sheila Degotardi answers the questions: Should parents be worried? What does research tell us about the impact on very young children?

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