Will my baby's sleep improve on its own?
The large majority of infants start gradually moving towards more mature sleep patterns at 10 to 12 weeks of age. For some, this will be a longer or more gradual shift than for others.
Can I leave my newborn baby in the car when I go shopping?
It is illegal to leave a baby alone in the car, even for a few minutes.
How are common childhood illnesses spread?
Hand, foot and mouth disease, fifth disease and chickenpox are spread by droplets from sneezing and coughing by an infected child. Head lice are most often spread by direct person-to-person contact. R…
How can I keep my baby safe from cot death?
During the first six months of life, infants are at particular risk of dying while sleeping. Sudden infant death is a harrowing experience and a constant worry for any parent. Adopting a safe sleep po…
How much crying is normal for a baby?
Normal crying patterns vary between babies. Some will cry relatively little, while others will cry for hours a day. Persistent crying can be a sign of illness or discomfort, so if you are concerned, s…
When will my baby start sleeping through the night?
Infants younger than 3 months are not expected to sleep more than 1 to 3 hours at a stretch before waking to feed. Many babies start sleeping for 6 to 8 hours when they are older than 6 months. For so…
How is hearing loss diagnosed?
In Australia, newborn babies are routinely screened to identify babies born with, or at risk of, developing hearing loss.
My baby has accidentally swallowed a battery, what can I do?
If your baby has swallowed a battery, prompt medical attention is required to remove it. Batteries are caustic and can erode the lining of your baby's digestive tract if not removed.
What side effects can childhood immunisation have on my child?
Common adverse reactions to vaccines include soreness at the injection site, mild fever and discomfort. In very rare cases, a child will exhibit a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to a vaccine.…
Are childhood immunisations safe?
Childhood immunisations are among the safest medical interventions. Serious side effects are very rare.