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Learning to navigate life and emotions

Why is it so critical to teach social and emotional behaviour from a young age? Controlling their own social and emotional behaviour is seen as being a critical skill to help children navigate life and deal with their own emotions and experiences.

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Reducing the risk of peanut allergies

Parents are acting quickly on current guidelines which advise introducing peanut products before a child turns one. In 2016 the guidelines changed in contrast with earlier advice which recommended parents wait till after their child’s first birthday.

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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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The importance of an active childhood

We all know how important exercise is for a child’s overall health, but there are several factors that influence the healthy behaviour of children. Dr Katherine Downing says parents have a unique opportunity to shape their child’s behaviour at home.

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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 thrive with a regular bedtime

Research out of the United Kingdom is showing that it is not just the number of hours a child sleeps that matters, but also having consistent bedtimes. It seems that regular bedtimes really matter when it comes to a child’s health and development.

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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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A guide to childhood shyness and anxiety

How can a parent know if there is cause for concern over behaviour that indicates a child is shy or perhaps anxious? Associate Professor Brigid Jordan says a good rule of thumb is if you feel it is interfering with your child’s enjoyment of life.

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