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…
Can Down syndrome be screened for during pregnancy?
During the early stages of pregnancy, it is possible to screen for the presence of Down syndrome. This involves testing the mother's blood for abnormal levels of protein markers (PAPP-A and HCG), the …
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.
Are there additional health risks for people with Down syndrome?
People with Down syndrome have increased risk of developing other medical conditions. These can include heart defects at birth, hypothyroidism, hearing loss, eyesight problems, leukemia (blood cancer)…
What side effects can childhood immunization 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 immunizations safe?
Childhood immunizations are among the safest medical interventions. Serious side effects are very rare.
How is jaundice in newborn babies treated?
Most babies do not need treatment for jaundice beyond monitoring and making sure they are feeding well. If necessary, phototherapy may be recommended. In this treatment the baby is exposed to a specia…
My child has a hole in their baby tooth, what should I do?
It is best to have a baby tooth with a cavity checked by a dentist. Tooth decay in baby teeth can spread very quickly, leading to toothache and infection.
What are the symptoms of vulvovaginitis?
Symptoms of vulvovaginitis include: inflammation of the vagina and/or vulva, characterized by swollen, irritated, itchy and red skin; unusual vaginal discharge; an unpleasant odor from the vaginal are…
What is failure to thrive?
Failure to thrive is when a child falls consistently behind the weight gain and growth rates expected for their age and gender.