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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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Screen time and the science of learning

Screens are not good babysitters, but is there such a thing as healthy screen time? How do we understand the benefits and challenges or decide when screen usage might aid learning? Author, speaker and academic Dr Michael Nagel, looks at the research.

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Is a plant-based diet safe for children?

With the rise of vegetarian and vegan households, what do parents need to be aware of to ensure their children get the necessary nutrients from a plant-based diet? Parents considering this step are urged to seek advice from a paediatric dietitian.

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Midwives key to improve vaccination rates

A study has found that midwives could be the key to increasing the uptake of maternal and childhood vaccines. Midwives have been identified as one of the most highly trusted health care providers by women within the public antenatal hospital system.

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The importance of an active childhood

We all know how important exercise is for a child’s overall health, but there are several factors that influence the healthy behaviour of children. Dr Katherine Downing says parents have a unique opportunity to shape their child’s behaviour at home.

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How to talk to children about disability

A part of raising children is experiencing that uncomfortable moment when your child points at a person with a disability and in a booming voice asks a personal question. Dr Terry Cumming suggest how to answer while teaching acceptance and manners.

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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 thrive with a regular bedtime

Research out of the United Kingdom is showing that it is not just the number of hours a child sleeps that matters, but also having consistent bedtimes. It seems that regular bedtimes really matter when it comes to a child’s health and development.

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