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Children eating

Helping a child maintain healthy weight

One of the trickiest parts of parenting young children is ensuring they get a great start in life by adopting healthy eating practices. However, almost a quarter of children aged between five and 17 now fall into the obese and/or overweight category.

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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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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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Dad with daughter in the kitchen

How to discuss nutrition with under 5s

Young children need foods that enable their bodies to grow and thrive. If we look at the Australian Dietary Guidelines it is clear that children need food from the five food groups and to limit the intake of food high in saturated fat, sugar and salt.

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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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Father feeding an infant

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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