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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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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's tooth decay not ruled by genes

A new study has found that one in three children have tooth decay by the time they start school. But the study, which looked at the teeth of 173 sets of identical and non identical twins, found genetics didn’t appear important in terms of tooth decay.

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Skin-to-skin cuddles help babies thrive

Touch is important for all newborns. Skin-to-skin care gives consistent, predictable touch that is comforting for a newborn and benefits both baby and parents. According to the research, it assists brain development and helps establish breastfeeding.

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The important facts on baby food pouches

Food pouches can seem like an asset for parents of babies who are being introduced to the world of food. With their increasing popularity have come questions and rumours about the value of pouches and their impact on a child’s physical development.

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Night terrors and child sleep issues

Many children and adults will experience nightmares and you have probably comforted your child during a nightmare. However, night terrors are different to nightmares. They are dramatic, happen suddenly and often predictably, but are not remembered.

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Premature birth and the link to ADHD

Children born very preterm are showing rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), three times higher than the general population, studies are showing, however monitoring can assist health care professionals with early intervention.

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