Wrapping (swaddling) your baby safely

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Wrapping (swaddling) your baby safely

There has been an increase in parents swaddling their babies in the first months of life. Different cultural traditions have different methods to swaddle babies, but no matter what there are some things you need to know to swaddle your baby safely.

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Essential Childhood reading (according to paediatricians)

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Essential Childhood reading (according to paediatricians)

With the long summer holidays approaching we starting to thinking about which books we had loved and debating the "books children shouldn't leave childhood without reading". 

With so many good book around we kept the list to the books we'd enjoyed as children and loved revisiting with our own children.

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Appointment Toolkit

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Appointment Toolkit

It’s important to get the most out of your appointment with a paediatrician. Here are our tips for preparing for your appointment.

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When to Worry about Fever

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When to Worry about Fever

As a paediatrician and Emergency Medicine Specialist I know that many parents worry about high fevers. What warning signs do paediatricians look for that show a child is seriously unwell?

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What do children need this Christmas more than presents?

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What do children need this Christmas more than presents?

Many parents have happy memories of Christmas from their own childhoods. Beach shacks and icy poles, warm mornings dawning with the prospect of untold adventure,  bike riding, swimming in the sea,  playing outdoors late into the evening before drifting to sleep to the tap of a sprinkler and the grit of sand in the sheets. 

It's a good time of year to reflect on what memories our children might have from their own childhood Christmases.  

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Newborn care

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Newborn care

Newborn babies are a joyous and challenging responsibility. It’s reassuring to know that you have the guidance and support of your Paediatrician every step of the way.

Our priority is to ensure your baby has the best start to reach their full potential.

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The gift of a healthy start

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The gift of a healthy start

Getting healthy eating and active play right from the start is a lifelong gift parents can give children.  So what can parents do to ensure their children start school as fit and healthy as possible?

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Managing screen time

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Managing screen time

What impact is too much screen time having on children? Leading Steps’ Paediatricians discuss the impact on their own families and share suggestions to limit the damage.

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Dad Stress

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Dad Stress

Dr Amy Whittaker writes about new research that highlights the impact a father’s mental health has on the development and behavior of his children.

"Dads need to be reassured that parenting can be stressful and if their moods are impacting on their relationship with their child they should ask for help, not suffer in silence."

 

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Who needs sleep?

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Who needs sleep?

Children who don't sleep well are more likely to behave poorly and are less effective learners. The flow on effect to the family is also significant with much higher rates of maternal depression in mothers whose children are poor sleepers.

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Terri and Caitlin - National Diabetes Week

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Terri and Caitlin - National Diabetes Week

Terri sat in the GP’s room for the second time that week, this time with her nine year old daughter Caitlin. It was a bit awkward because Terri had only recently bought her son in with boils, after a Google search showed it could be a sign of Type 1 diabetes.

So when Caitlin started drinking a lot and going to the toilet constantly Terri felt a bit embarrassed to turn up again, wondering if this time her daughter could have diabetes.

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Ali and Finn - National Diabetes Week

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Ali and Finn - National Diabetes Week

ife is busy for parents of toddler twin boys.

Ali and her husband had given up hope for a good night’s sleep and were already exhausted when 23 month old Finn started waking up even more.

Too little to communicate, Finn was waking up crying with thirst. He drank so much he was wetting through at least two nappies a night.

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Small kicks to big dreams

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Small kicks to big dreams

Speaking in front of his class was incredible for Billy. He went from not wanting to be away from me to talking to anyone and making more eye contact, sharing his achievements and his passion. 

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Vaccination and Meningococcal Disease

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Vaccination and Meningococcal Disease

This Tuesday 28 February is World Rare Disease Day, created to raise awareness among the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and the impacts they have on those affected personally and their families.

Over 400,000 children in Australia have a rare disease (affecting less than 1 person in every 10,000), many of which are chronic and debilitating.  

This Rare Disease Day we are sharing the stories of some Gold Coast families who live with Rare Diseases. 

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Rebecca and Amelia - National Diabetes Week

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Rebecca and Amelia - National Diabetes Week

It was a humid January day when Rebecca realized something wasn’t right with her ten-year-old daughter Amelia.

Since Christmas she seemed increasingly lethargic and was drinking a lot of water during the long hot days.

She had lost weight too, but Rebecca put it down to a growth spurt.


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Melissa and Max National Diabetes Week - "It's about time"

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Melissa and Max National Diabetes Week - "It's about time"

It’s common for many children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes to end up seriously ill in the Emergency Department before they are diagnosed.

Max has a different story. His mother Melissa knew the signs and Max was diagnosed and on treatment before he developed any dangerous complications such as Ketoacidosis.*

Max is now 15 years old and an excellent student and athlete, but six years ago life seemed very different.


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