Babies' and toddlers' health
Knowing and understanding the health risks of young children is an important part of being a parent. Learn about health issues like breastfeeding, croup and fevers in young children.
Hip dysplasia is usually detected in babies, but adolescents and adults may also experience symptoms. Find out more about the disorder here.
Information about baby development from leading Australian health organisations, including links to content on baby development by age.
How your baby gains weight
All babies will gain weight differently, but there are some guidelines for healthy weight gain.
How your baby's teeth develop
Baby teeth start to come through the gums at about 6 months and have usually all appeared by 2 to 3 years of age. Learn how to care for baby teeth.
Developmental milestones in babies and children
All babies grow and develop at different rates, but tracking how they reach certain ‘milestones’ – such as moving or communicating - along the way is one method to assess their progress. Learn more here.
Regular health checks for babies
Shortly before or after your baby is born, you'll be given a Child Health Record booklet. In Australia, this usually has a blue cover and is often called 'the blue book'.
It is important to talk to your midwives, nurses or doctor if your baby is not feeding as you expect. Here's information about breast feeding, formula feeding and moving onto solids.
Colic in babies
Excessive crying could be a sign that your baby has colic. Everyone agrees that colic exists but no one knows what causes it. Some doctors think it's a kind of stomach cramp.
Colds and flu in babies and children
Here is information on the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments of coughs, colds and flu in children and babies and when to seek medical advice.