Defeating the Ministers of Death

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Defeating the Ministers of Death

What happens when a mother has a vaccine preventable disease that may be transmitted to her baby, but won’t vaccinate to protect the child?

How do you console parents who chose not to vaccinate when their child is left brain damaged from a vaccine preventable illness?

Professor David Isaacs is friend of Leading Steps Paediatric Clinic, consultant paediatrician at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, and ­Clinical Professor in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Sydney has written about the fascinating history of immunization and what it means to be a paediatrician in the modern era of vaccines and life long immunity from some of humanity’s worst diseases.

This is an edited extract from his book Defeating the Ministers of Death by David Isaacs (HarperCollins Australia, $34.99)

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Doing Time in the Pick up  Line

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Doing Time in the Pick up Line

Dr Amy Whittaker’s oldest child recently started school for the first time. It’s been an exciting experience all round, but one thing took Dr Whittaker by surprise and she began to wonder if there was a healthier and happier way start the school day.

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Keeping playdates safe

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Keeping playdates safe

Playdates are fun for kids and good for their social development, but sometimes it’s hard to broach the subject of care and supervision, especially if you don’t know the host family very well. Dr Annelise Wan discusses the issues that concern her when her boys go on playdates locally, and compare that to what worries paediatricians elsewhere.

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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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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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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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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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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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