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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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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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Masks and isolation: Impact on children

Children across Australia are dealing with a very unnatural situation and Dr Michael Nagel says this might lead many parents to wonder how isolation, social distancing and masks may hinder their child's social development and mental health.

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Dental care: Caring for children's teeth

A third of Australian children start school with tooth decay but many families don’t access government funding available to pay for early childhood dental care. Dr Mihiri Silva says it’s essential to set up good dental habits early in a child’s life.

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Child health issues: What parents think

A 2021 poll of Australian parents’ top ten child health problems has excessive screen time holding onto the number one spot. Parent concern about screen time has jumped more than 30% in the past six years according to the Royal Children’s Hospital poll.

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Why children’s mindset matters

The beliefs children hold about their own intelligence, talents and abilities are formed early. By understanding how to work with mindsets, parents play a role in helping children develop beliefs that support them through their early years and beyond.

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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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Raising emotionally intelligent children

Decades ago children’s success was measured by (intelligence) IQ. Today, society no longer measures smarts on IQ alone: instead, our EQ (emotional intelligence) is considered pivotal to reducing stress, defusing conflict and building relationships.

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