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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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The impact of junk food ads on children

Junk food advertising is everywhere - in shopping centres and on screens of all types - exposing children to the marketing of unhealthy food. But how much of the junk food commercials are young children absorbing? Deakin University aims to find out.

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Teaching under-5s about big emotions

What should parents do when a child is experiencing strong emotions – anger, frustration or sadness? Associate Professor from the University of Melbourne, Dr Sophie Havighurst, offers her advice on how to calm and be an emotion coach for your child.

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COVID-19: Effects on children and families

Despite the hardships, families have found silver linings in the challenges of COVID-19, with the majority reporting their family unit is more connected, spent more time together and used their time at home to consider what’s important in life.

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Helping a child maintain healthy weight

One of the trickiest parts of parenting young children is ensuring they get a great start in life by adopting healthy eating practices. However, almost a quarter of children aged between five and 17 now fall into the obese and/or overweight category.

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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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The benefits of active play for children

As adults we play organised sport, run or go to the gym, but physical activity for our young children means a focus on movement and active play. Why is this important? Physical activity helps improve confidence and builds strength and coordination.

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