Pulled Elbow in children – ouch!!

Always be careful to steer clear of games that involve swinging or grabbing a child by their hands or arms. This kind of seemingly harmless play can lead to serious injuries, most commonly a pulled elbow. These sorts of injuries are completely preventable; here are a few hints to prevent any painful play-related episodes for […]

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New York Magazine Article – by Amelia Lester

The most important piece of advice I received while pregnant did not come in the form of a well-intentioned Google spreadsheet, though there were a lot of those. Instead, it came from a stranger, an Australian woman who approached me after I had done some public speaking late in pregnancy. Her advice wasn’t about how […]

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15 things a baby does not need!!

1. A swing –  babies do no t need swings they need the floor! 2. A walker – babies will walk when they are developmentally ready to and walkers are dangerous 3. Seats – babies do not need seats, they do not need to sit up until they can crawl – they need to play […]

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Let babies play

Mother nature has a plan for child development and we should not interrupt her plan which includes the following very basic steps. Your baby needs to be on the floor for all of his play time.  And what I mean my the floor is flat on the floor, not in a seat, not in a […]

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Progressive development

The process of normal development   The more new parents understand what is normal is the more they can relax, encourage, identify and celebrate the achievements of their baby, rather than being consumed by worry about what’s normal and what’s not. When you bring your newborn home, they can immediately commence a small amount of […]

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meningococcal infection

A bacterial infection that can start without warning and become very serious, very quickly, meningococcal infection can cause permanent disabilities and death. One in ten people with meningococcal will die. You must go straight to the ER of your nearest hospital if you suspect your child may have a meningococcal infection.   signs and symptoms […]

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Mumps

Thanks to the MMR/MMRV vaccine, mumps is not common in Australia, but outbreaks still occur, and serious complications such as meningitis, hepatitis, encephalitis and myocarditis can follow. It’s also highly contagious, and is carried in the urine as well as via sneezing and cough droplets.   Signs and symptoms   -Fever, headache, fatigue. -Weight loss. […]

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Chicken Pox

Chicken Pox infection generally occurs between 10-21 days after your child has been exposed to someone with the virus. Children with the chicken pox virus (varicella) are infectious one to two days before the rash appears, which makes it harder to prevent the spread of the virus. Complications are rare, but can be serious. You […]

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Whooping cough

Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory infection that poses a serious risk to babies. A high pitched ‘whooping sound’ can be heard during coughing spells, which can be long and painful. Babies under six months of age who contract whooping cough face a high risk of life-threatening complications. It is extremely important that your […]

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Measles

Measles causes a distinctive red and blotchy rash that starts on the head and then progresses to the rest of the body. A viral infection that usually resolves on it’s own after around 5-7 days, it is best treated with plenty of rest, fluids, and paracetamol or ibuprofen. While complications are uncommon, they can be […]

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