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Issue 106 | 01 August 2018


Hot parenting news

Helping babies avoid getting a flat head

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Physiotherapist Liz Williams has created a fact sheet for new parents to help them avoid what she said could and should be an avoidable condition: plagiocephaly, or flat-headedness...
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Video game rewards psychologically akin to gambling

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Video game ‘loot boxes’ are psychologically akin to gambling, especially for adolescent gamers, new research has revealed...
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Pushing kids into competitive sport too early may backfire

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Pushing kids into sport too early can backfire, with new research showing children who start at age four or five are more likely to drop out of that sport or...
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The risks associated with gestational diabetes don’t end after pregnancy

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In Australia, 12-14% of pregnancies are affected by gestational diabetes. Despite its prevalence, most people aren’t aware the risks don’t end when the pregnancy does...
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How mum’s diet in pregnancy can change the baby’s gut microbiome

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Sydney researchers highlight evidence that suggest changes to a mother’s microbiome, or gut health, brought on by obesity or a high fat diet during pregnancy can be transferred to...
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Tonsil and adenoid removal associated with long-term risks of respiratory, allergic and infectious diseases

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Removing tonsils and adenoids in childhood increases the long-term risk of respiratory, allergic and infectious diseases, according to researchers who have examined the long-term effects...
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Mum’s sleep matters: the effect of sleep on an unborn baby

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How much sleep mothers get when they are pregnant can impact on the health of their growing baby, according to a new scoping study...
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Aboriginal students reap great rewards from boarding school – but face unique challenges

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Many Indigenous students from remote areas overcome unique challenges to attend boarding school, and in doing so, reap clear benefits including employability, access to...
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Joke of the month

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A wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her husband.

Suddenly, her husband burst into the kitchen.

'Careful,' he said, 'CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh my gosh! You're cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh my gosh! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They're going to STICK! Careful. CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when you're cooking! Never! Turn them! Hurry up! Are you CRAZY? Have you LOST your mind? Don't forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the! Salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!'

The wife stared at him. 'What in the world is wrong with you? You think I don't know how to fry a couple of eggs?'

The husband calmly replied, 'I just wanted to show you what it feels like when I'm driving.'

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Premature and sick babies

Support for Australian families with sick babies

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Kylie’s story: A journey of love, loss and three surviving babies

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Piper’s story: The journey of a sick premature baby separated from her mother at birth

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Tips for parents, family and friends of sick or premature babies

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