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'.
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.
Links to our information partners' articles about child development.
Links to articles about learning development.
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.
Asthma and pregnancy
Most asthma medicines have been shown to be extremely safe for both you and your developing baby but check with your doctor if taking oral corticosteroids.
Childcare, school exclusions, and COVID-19
Frequently asked questions on COVID-19 (coronavirus) for parents and carers regarding childcare and school.
Rickets is a bone disease, usually a result of low vitamin D levels, that causes soft and weak bones. It occurs in children and, occasionally, teenagers.
G6PD deficiency, sometimes called 'favism', is a genetic disorder that causes red blood cells to break down when exposed to triggers. People with G6PD deficiency can live a healthy life.