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Articles about Physical health

Father with sick child

Taking care of a seriously ill child

Caring for a sick child is something all families go through. But taking care of a serious or chronically ill child means not only dealing with your child’s needs, but processing your own emotions while dealing with the rest of the family’s wellbeing.

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An exhausted mum trying to take a nap with her baby

Supporting a child with a sick parent

Communicating the news of an ill parent to a child can be challenging. Families might be caught between wanting to give children information, but stopping short of giving them too much. Professor Kerry Sherman shares some advice based on a child's age.

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New born baby with his mother

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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Dentist teaching a little girl how to brush her teeth

Dental care: Caring for children's teeth

A third of Australian children start school with tooth decay but many families don’t access government funding available to pay for early childhood dental care. Dr Mihiri Silva says it’s essential to set up good dental habits early in a child’s life.

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Toddler looking at his electronic tablet

Child health issues: What parents think

A 2021 poll of Australian parents’ top ten child health problems has excessive screen time holding onto the number one spot. Parent concern about screen time has jumped more than 30% in the past six years according to the Royal Children’s Hospital poll.

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Mother massaging her newborn's son tummy

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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Children eating, tasting pizza in kitchen

The complex problem of childhood obesity

There’s more to addressing childhood obesity than taking away sweets and having children do laps of the oval. A report highlights the growing problem of childhood obesity in Australia, where one in four children and adolescents are overweight or obese.

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Mother and her one year old baby son playing with wooden interactive board.

Helping children with sensory sensitivity

Sensory sensitivity in children might appear as an extraordinary aversion to noise or light, or getting upset if their clothing feels irritating or too tight. Some reports suggest that one in every six children has sensory processing difficulties.

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