Croup is a viral infection that causes swelling of the larynx and trachea. The swelling makes it harder for children to breathe. Croup often begins suddenly, with the symptoms worsening at night. Croup may start like a regular virus, with a runny nose, fever, and cough, but the cough will soon change to a harsh, […]
Hand Foot & Mouth Disease
Hand foot and mouth disease Many parents are left baffled by a hand, foot and mouth diagnosis.Isn’t that the domain of sheep and cows? Rest assured, hand, foot and mouth virus IS NOT related to the foot and mouth disease found in animals. Hand, foot and mouth is a mild illness, usually caused by […]
Febrile convulsions A sudden change in your child’s body temperature-usually prompted by a fever-can cause them to have a fit or seizure. These are called febrile convulsions. They are not harmful or dangerous to your child, but they can be very frightening for parents to witness. One in 30 children with a high fever (39+) […]
Rashes Rashes cause a lot of stress and panic for parents, but they are a very common side effect of viral infections, and not usually cause for concern. Thankfully, the rashes that DO signal a more serious infection also tend to have their own unique characteristics that help to distinguish them from more common, […]
Serena, breastfeeding and her coach.
Serena Williams is without doubt one of the most formidable women of our times, a twenty-three time Grand Slam winner whose list of records and achievements can justifiably be labelled astonishing. If you’re a parent of daughters looking for strong female role models to provide an antidote to the slimming shakes and trout pouts spruiked […]
Tongue Tie is a term used to describe the high attachment the frenulum on the undersurface of the tongue. There are a number of Frenums in the oral cavity, but only the lingual and labial frenum cause problems. Lingual Tongue Tie is a fibrous band of tissue which prevents complete extension of the tongue and […]
Customised Feeding Plan
Feeding your newborn. Have informed options before giving birth. We all hear about birth plans and try and make informed choices about how we want the baby to enter the world; however, in many cases, things don’t always go to plan. This is the same for feeding your newborn. As a midwife for over 42 years, […]
The dreaded reflux
Have you ever heard of or had heartburn? Have you ever heard of babies with such bad heartburn they cry and cry and cry and cry? These babies are so uncomfortable, miserable and unhappy. The baby’s condition can be very distressing for parents, particularly first time mothers, who think the reason their baby is crying […]
Wind ~ it’s overrated!
The most common question / concern I get from new parents is about “wind”. Wind is normal is not going to be life threatening or harmful to your baby. A baby does’t get wind from too much food and you do not need to walk around the house for hours “trying to get wind up”. […]
Mittens are for kittens ~ baby nail and skin advice
Babies are born with dry skin. We all think dry skin needs moisturiser, but the best thing to do is leave it alone. The baby sheds the top layer of his skin over the first four to five weeks, and by the time he is six to ten weeks old, he has perfect skin. Don’t […]