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Boy refusing food at meal time

Fussiness and managing toddler mealtimes

Mealtimes with toddlers can be challenging. These years are a key time in the development of lifelong healthy eating habits and a child’s sense of autonomy. Encouraging them to choose healthy foods can make all the difference to their future lives.

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Introducing solid foods: How and when?

How do you know if your baby is ready for first foods? From around six months, each baby needs additional nutrients. What your baby learns during this stage of life is important and can have an impact on their future eating behaviours and preferences.

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Child eating peanuts

Reducing the risk of peanut allergies

Parents are acting quickly on current guidelines which advise introducing peanut products before a child turns one. In 2016 the guidelines changed in contrast with earlier advice which recommended parents wait till after their child’s first birthday.

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Mother and children picking vegetables

Predicting a child's weight or obesity

Until recently, parents with concerns their child is overweight haven’t had access to any easy answers. A new study by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute is helping experts reliably determine if a child will regain a healthy weight over time.

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Messy toddler lunch

A new approach to overcoming picky eating

Research suggests that picky eating is developmentally appropriate in young children. But as parents, what techniques can we introduce to promote our children's interest and acceptance of new foods, encouraging them to smell, touch and taste the food?

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Children eating a healthy snack

The important facts on baby food pouches

Food pouches can seem like an asset for parents of babies who are being introduced to the world of food. With their increasing popularity have come questions and rumours about the value of pouches and their impact on a child’s physical development.

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Baby dropped his food

Dealing with fussiness and food refusal

It’s not unusual for parents to dread mealtimes, worrying that their child will cry and fuss when being offered new foods. But it’s important to recognise the shift in interest around food may be closely aligned with the child’s growing independence.

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Top 10 Essential Parenting Questions

What is tongue tie and should it be treated? What is a normal baby poo? Help - my child has worms! Gold Coast University Hospital Director of Paediatrics Professor Susan Moloney answers the top 10 questions parents pose about children under five.

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