Can I help my baby to develop their neck muscles?
Daily tummy time is a great way to help exercise a baby's neck. Encourage your baby to pull themselves upright from lying on their back by holding their hands and gently pulling their arms upwards. On…
Does using a dummy help a baby to settle?
The sucking action of using a dummy can help some babies to settle and sleep, although this may create issues at night if the dummy falls out and the baby is unable to settle itself to go back to slee…
How much do newborns sleep?
Healthy newborns can sleep between 9 and 20 hours a day. An average newborn's sleep is 16 to 18 hours.
Who can develop hearing loss?
Around one in every 1000 births are affected by permanent bilateral hearing loss. Around half of babies born with or developing hearing loss do so with no previous risk factors.
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…
What are complications of eczema?
Possible complications of eczema include: 1) Bacterial infection - when your skin becomes dry and cracked from eczema, the risk of infection passing into your body through broken skin is increased. 2)…
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…