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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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ADHD signs: Does your child have ADHD?

With nearly one in 10 children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in Australia, parents may find themselves wondering about the signs or triggers. Dr Alison Poulton says it's not black and white but many shades of grey.

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Exercise: How to raise active children

Childhood obesity in Australia continues to be a widespread health concern with 25% of children overweight or obese. A Deakin University study has revealed that one of the best ways to encourage children to exercise is for parents to join in with them.

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COVID-19 testing in children: RCH Poll

While Australian parents support COVID-19 testing, The Royal Children’s Hospital National Child Health Poll of 1434 parents, has found a range of barriers which may impact on the willingness of parents to attend a COVID testing clinic for their child.

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The impact of junk food ads on children

Junk food advertising is everywhere - in shopping centres and on screens of all types - exposing children to the marketing of unhealthy food. But how much of the junk food commercials are young children absorbing? Deakin University aims to find out.

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Pressure cooker parenting

Although it can be a difficult thing to do when our children are young, University of Queensland Associate Professor Alina Morawska says parents carving out time to look after ourselves is incredibly important when it comes to managing our own emotions.

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COVID-19: Effects on children and families

Despite the hardships, families have found silver linings in the challenges of COVID-19, with the majority reporting their family unit is more connected, spent more time together and used their time at home to consider what’s important in life.

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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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