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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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The truth about parenting an only child

Proponents of larger families claim 'only children' may be spoiled, lonely, or selfish. But science shows this is wrong. Known as 'only child syndrome' research now suggests there is no difference and there may even be benefits to being an only child.

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Dealing with fussiness and food refusal

It’s not unusual for parents to dread mealtimes, worrying that their child will cry and fuss when being offered new foods. But it’s important to recognise the shift in interest around food may be closely aligned with the child’s growing independence.

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Child safety around the home: Checklist

The home is the most common place for young children to be injured, but many injuries are predictable and preventable. To make the home environment as safe as possible we spoke to two experts to provide their useful tips on keeping children safe.

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Epigenetics: Child development and genes

Epigenetics is an emerging area of research. We already knew that the experiences young children have in their first 1000 days plays a role in their development. We now know these early experiences can actually change the way their genes are expressed.

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