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Organ donation: What families should know

Australian parents hold a number of misconceptions about organ donation. A survey polled 1886 parents and carers across Australia about their beliefs, attitudes and understanding of organ donation, discovering some interesting insights in the process.

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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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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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