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The importance of healthy sleep

Healthy sleep is critical due to the rapid growth and development in early childhood. Dan Fernandez, a nurse and PhD student at 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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Anxiety: Preparing children for change

As children prepare to go to school or early learning centres the focus is often on meeting new educators and making new friends. So how do parents and carers support children through change? Dr Rebecca English looks at dealing with separation anxiety.

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COVID-19 testing in children: RCH Poll

While Australian parents support COVID-19 testing, The Royal Children’s Hospital National Child Health Poll of 1434 parents, has found a range of barriers which may impact on the willingness of parents to attend a COVID testing clinic for their child.

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Online health searching: Is it reliable?

Searching online for medical information can allow parents to better understand their child’s condition and help them to play a more active role in their child’s health management. But should you tell your doctor and can you rely on what you find?

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Genomics: Would you test your child?

Genomic testing reviews the whole of a person’s genetic makeup. Researchers from Melbourne’s Murdoch Children’s Research Institute set out to discover if parents were offered additional genetic information about their newborn, would they accept it?

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Child lead levels down but risks remain

A study into lead levels in Australia’s children by Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has shown they are dropping, however children risked higher blood lead levels if they lived in a home older than fifty years or were of lower socioeconomic status.

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Why we need to raise boys differently

In a society that is acutely aware of the negative effects of raising boys to be tough, researchers are finding that, perhaps, we need to re-examine how we raise boys from the very beginning, according to neonatal paediatrician Dr Howard Chilton.

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