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Articles about Physical health

Mother cradling her little baby boy

Why under-fives always seem to be sick

COVID has put the spotlight on health but most parents will experience what is often referred to as the ‘sick’ stage with young children. When does the ‘sick’ stage end, can parents boost their child’s immunity and how to keep working through it all?

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How to keep children physically active

We know that exercise helps to build strong bones and muscles and ensuring children get plenty of regular physical activity is essential for growth, but an early learning centre study has shown it can increase activity and improve behaviour as well.

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Your child's vision and when to seek help

Good vision is essential for a child’s development and yet a third of parents have never taken their child for an eye examination. A child’s inability to see properly can not only impact their academic experiences, but also their social development.

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Childhood milestones: When to seek advice

We've all read the advice on milestones and what your baby or toddler should be doing and when. But what happens if your child isn't meeting their milestone? With conflicting information it can be hard to know when to stop worrying or investigate further.

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Little boys having fun with their father at home

Tips for raising boys during a pandemic

Raising boys isn’t always easy! Add a global pandemic and this task becomes much more challenging. Indeed, there is mounting evidence that as the COVID crisis continues, parents in many countries are struggling to keep their sons healthy and occupied.

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COVID job loss and stress impact families

A third of Australian mums experiencing disadvantage have suffered job or income loss and stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. MCRI Professor Sharon Goldfeld says the economic and healthcare needs of women and children living in adversity must be prioritised.

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Child sleeping

The importance of healthy sleep

Healthy sleep is critical due to the rapid growth and development in early childhood. Dr Yaqoot Fatima, Research Fellow for University of Queensland’s Institute for Social Science Research examines what healthy sleep looks like and how to get it.

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Mother with a sick child

Preventing accidental overdose in children

Accidental paracetamol and ibuprofen overdose is the most common reason parents call the poison information line. Registered nurse Liz Crowe has developed an app to help parents track, record and manage information about their child’s medication.

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