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Babies and toddlers health

Babies and toddlers health
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Babies' and toddlers' health

Breastfeeding can be a special time for both mother and baby.

Breastfeeding

Learn about the benefits of breastfeeding, tips for getting started and where you can get help and support.

Child taking medicine through a syringe.

Children's medicines

Children don't always need medicine to get over an illness, but if you do need to give medicine, here are some useful tips.

Croup is very common in young children.

Croup

Croup is very common in children under five years old. Find out how croup is diagnosed and treated here.

Fever in children

Fever and high temperature in children

Advice on how to treat a fever in children, and information about different types of thermometers.

Peanut allergy can cause a serious reaction in children.

Food allergies in children

Is there a history of eczema, asthma, hay fever or food allergies in your family? Learn about food allergies in children and how to spot a reaction.

A spotty, purple-red rash could be a sign of meningitis.

Symptoms of serious illness in babies and children

If your child has a serious illness, it’s important to get medical attention quickly. Learn how to recognise the symptoms and what to do.

Whooping cough is serious in babies under 12 months old.

Whooping cough

Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial infection and most serious in babies. Here’s how to spot symptoms and protect infants.

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Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Babies' dummies safety alert

Dummies are designed to comfort and settle babies. However they can be a hazard to babies and toddlers.

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

Baby sleep & toddler sleep: getting help | Raising Children Network

Having problems with baby sleep and settling? Read how a child health professional can help with baby sleep, and find out where to get the help you need.

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Baby to Toddler Transition Safety Factors | Red Nose

All the necessary information you need to know for your child from one year old to five years old.

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Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Second baby

A new baby arriving in the family brings big changes for everyone. It can be very exciting for toddlers and young children but involve some stresses as well.

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

Play with babies and toddlers

Information on playing with babies and toddlers including getting them involved, tips for playing, play ideas, toy safety, plus links to trusted resources.

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Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Safe sleep for babies and toddlers

While babies are asleep they may get into dangerous situations, eg suffocate under bedding orbe caught between the cot side and mattress.

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Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Feeding babies and toddlers - finger foods

As babies start to have new foods, from the age of 6 months, they quite quickly want to start holding pieces of food themselves and they begin to learn how to get the piece of food to their mouth and how to chew on it.

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

Preventing falls for babies and toddlers | Raising Children Network

Get tips for falls prevention for babies, toddlers and young children, plus information on preventing falls and avoiding injury by making homes safer.

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Vegetarian feeding guide for babies and toddlers

At 4 to 6 months of age, your baby may be ready for solids. Here are suggestions on what vegetables and fruits to offer your child at different life stages.

Read more on Pregnancy, Birth & Baby website

Settiling Your Crying And Overtired Toddler | Tresillian

Sleeping habits change as your child develops. To promote healthy sleep habits daily routines need to match your childs developmental stage. Here are some tips on helping your crying or overtired toddler sleep.

Read more on Tresillian website

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