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Health and Care

Even experienced parents get worried over what may be a minor baby health care scare.
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Baby Health
Baby Cold
As much as we hate seeing our babies miserable with a cold or flu, the truth is that it does actually have some positives.
Baby colds and flu
The worst thing about colds and the flu is how quickly they spread through the family.
Baby coughs and cold
Our handy reference table for common childhood illnesses will help you to work out your best course of action when your child is unwell.
Reflux
Baby Reflux
The term silent reflux is really a misnomer as a baby who experiences reflux is usually not silent and will often cry from discomfort.
Baby colic
Colic is very common in young babies, though there is no sure reason as to what causes it or why some babies get it and some don’t.
Reflux further information and support
Here are some organizations that may be able to offer you further information and support for you and your baby.
Baby Immunisation
Immunisation advice
The process of immunisation protects your child from some serious diseases that are in our community.
Immunisation chart
This immunisation chart is applicable in Australia as at July 2018.
Local reactions
Occasionally, local or adverse reactions to vaccines can occur.
Teething
Baby Teething
Teething is when teeth first emerge from a baby s gums.
Baby teeth care
Here are some commonly asked questions and answers on the best baby teeth care.
Dental associations
For more information see Baby teething or Baby Care
Medical Conditions and Disorders
Genetic disorders
People who have been touched in some way by a genetic childhood disorder via a friend or family member will often find comfort in hearing about the challenges and triumphs of others who have had similar experiences.
Williams Syndrome
Nadena was born with Williams Syndrome, a chromosome disorder where she has a micro-deletion on chromosome 7.
Niemann Pick Disease
Alexis was a normal, happy baby until aged 3 months when her weight plateaued.
Bath Time
Baby Bathing
When your baby is first born it is easier to use a special baby bath or simply use the laundry sink.
Baby Bathing Tips
Here are a few bath time tips to keep in mind no matter how old your child is:
Baby Showering
You can start using the shower at any time with your baby.
Baby Skin
Baby Dry Skin
As well as being dry to the touch, signs of dryness in baby skin can be peeling or flaking of the skin.
Baby Flaky Skin
There is no moment as magical as when a parent holds their little bundle of joy for the first time.
Cradle Cap
If your baby has flaky, dry skin on their scalp that looks like dandruff and has patches of yellow crusts, it may be cradle cap.
Baby Massage
Baby Massage
As well as the fact that baby's love it (and mum's don't seem to have any complaints either), daily massage has been shown to have several positive effects. Here are just a few:
Baby massage benefits
Baby massage has a great number of benefits and some of them will be completely unique to you and your own baby.
Baby Massage: Preparing for Massage
For a full body massage you will need 30 minutes of uninterrupted time.

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