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Your First Steps – baby product safety

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has launched Your First Steps, a new website parents and carers can use to get the latest, most reliable information on baby product safety in the first six months of a child’s life.

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Loving relationships and a safe brain

A paper on the Science of Neglect explains that when adult responses are unreliable, inappropriate or absent, a child’s developing brain can be disrupted and subsequent learning and behaviour can be impaired. So how do we ensure a child feels safe?

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Allergies in children: How to help

Parents fear their young children developing an allergy and in particular their children having a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction. With allergies on the rise, what can parents do to reduce the likelihood of their child developing an allergy?

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What is colic? Soothing a 'colicky' baby

Colic is not a disease or diagnosis but a combination of baffling behaviors. Newborns experience substantial nervous system development in the first 12 weeks which can result in unsettled behaviour. So what are the theories and what can parents do?

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Dealing with big emotions in under fives

Your toddler is inconsolable one moment and all smiles the next, but it only takes a mix-up over their favourite red cup versus the blue cup to trigger tears or even a full on tantrum. How can parents help children learn to manage big feelings?

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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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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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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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