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Hi There, Baby sign language is a tool that pre-verbal babies can use to communicate with family, care-givers, siblings and fellow babies. I ...

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Hi, There are two schools of thought on baby sign language. One is to use made up gestures and the second is to use the national sign language ...

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Hi Sharon, I have just written an article for this website about how to manage toddler’s biting (see link at the top of this page). It ha...

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Hi Marianne, Before becoming a psychologist and mother of 4, I was a classroom teacher. For a child of his age I would highly recommend sticker...

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Hi Belinda, As you mentioned, sibling rivalry is extremely common (in fact it is an important time for children to learn how to socialise with o...

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Hi , It is comforting and safe to be picked up by someone who loves us, however it is not always practical. The way to manage this behaviour is...

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Hi , Thank you for sharing your concerns about your son with me. It is heartbreaking as a parent for your child to be feeling this way. We lov...

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Hi , It is great that you have her mother “on board” with your concerns. Time out is usually a successful strategy, but perhaps tak...

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Hi , Thanks for writing to me. Bringing a new baby into the family changes the dynamics for everyone, but it is up to us to try to make it a po...

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Hi Vicky, This is such a frequent problem for parents. Using their bowels in the toilet often takes children a lot longer to master than urinat...

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Hi, Having a dummy or blanket provides some children with a sense of comfort and security. It is important to understand why you are making this de...

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Hi Katherine, Yes it can be hard to get children to keep their hats on but there are a couple of things you could try. You could try playing a g...

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Hi, The Cancer Council recommends that you talk to your doctor first about using sunscreen on babies less than 6 months old. Babies and children...

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Hi, Babies and children have sensitive skin so sun protection is really important. Infants under six months of age should be kept out of the sun ...

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Hi, Thank you for your enquiry. It is advisable to try to get someone who is able to help you at short notice - what about a school friend of you...

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Hi, Thank you for your enquiry. The PAP smear is not as accurate when you are pregnant so it is best to wait. Don`t worry it is very quick and ea...

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Hi, Thank you for your enquiry. It is not unusual to have some longer term problems with your perineum after giving birth and they do tend to set...

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Hi, Thank you for your enquiry. It is advisable to see a GP for advice as it is difficult for me to determine what the rash may be and it may req...

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Hi, Thank you for your enquiry. How big was your first baby? This will give an indication of this baby. If your first one was large then you have...

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Hi, Thank you for your enquiry. Any bleeding in pregnancy is considered to be abnormal. If you think that the bleeding is from your vagina and no...

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Hi, Thank you for your enquiry. It sounds as if you did have a traumatic time with your first pregnancy and birth but all pregnancies are differe...

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Hi, Here is a link to a guide to safe foods during pregnancy: http://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/consumer/pregnancy.asp Best wishes, ...

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Hi, Thank you for your enquiry. You can visit your pharmacy for an over the counter preparation to treat haemorrhoids. Best wishes, ...

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Hi, Thank you for your enquiry. There are several causes for an excess of fluid and one of them is an unknown cause. Your friend will be closely ...

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Hi Helen, Here is a link to safe foods during pregnancy: http://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/consumer/pregnancy.asp Usually tinned fish is safe...

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Hi, Thank you for your enquiry. There are usually some great pregnancy classes that discuss all of this and more that are done through your local...

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Hi There, In fact you are doing everything right. You don’t need to have her drinking cow’s milk or goat’s if she is eating...

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Hi There, Just before I forget to mention it, you may need to look at the juice issue if it is exceeding 150mls a day. Two reasons firstly it...

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Hi Tere, Yes I would revisit the juice for now, it isn’t ideal in infancy for many reasons. Ideally I would say remove the juice entir...

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Hi, Bub is quite young for solids so you are wise to go slowly. Given baby is under 6 months her stores of iron are likely to be holding out ...

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