What is childhood obesity?
Childhood obesity is a body weight that is greater than that considered healthy for a child's height. Carrying excess body fat can have a range of serious consequences for children's health, particula…
Can infantile colic be cured?
There is no cure for colic. It will generally clear on its own after your baby reaches about four months of age.
How are common childhood illness treated?
The underlying cause of an illness, severity of symptoms and the age of a child will determine the appropriate treatment for an illness. Many illnesses listed here are generally mild, are likely to re…
Is bullying really that harmful?
People who are bullied are negatively affected in a number of ways. They often lose confidence in themselves and become insecure. If subjected to chronic and severe bullying, some people even take the…
Is it safe to put my baby on its tummy?
Tummy time is good for your baby and helps them to develop their neck muscles. Start off with 1-2 minutes, two or three times per day. You can build up to 15 minutes a few times daily over the months.…
What causes growing pains?
It is not clear what causes growing pains. They are not, as the name mistakenly suggests, caused by growth.
How common is breath-holding?
It is estimated that around 5% of children aged between 6 months and 6 years experience breath-holding spells. Boys and girls are affected equally.
How does exercise help arthritis in children?
Physical therapies can help to increase the strength of muscles, increase joint flexibility and aid normal development of the limbs. It can also help to manage pain, as strong muscles can help to supp…
What are the rules regarding transporting a newborn baby in a car?
Your car seat must have modern fixtures and fitting, complying with current Australian safety standards. Babies under 6 months of age need to be placed in rear facing child seats with a 5-point harnes…
What causes Wilson's disease?
Wilson's disease is caused by a mutation on chromosome 13 in the gene ATP7B. Mutations in this gene can lead to the abnormal accumulation of copper throughout the body.