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Issue 102 | 18 April 2018


Hot parenting news

Prenatal stress changes brain connectivity in-utero

The time babies spend in the womb is far from idle. The brain is changing more rapidly during this time than at any other time in development. It is an active time for the foetus to grow and explore, and of course connect to its mother. And new evidence from in-utero foetal brain scans shows, for the first time, that this connection directly affects brain development...
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Australian kids receive healthcare in line with guidelines 60% of the time

A landmark national study on the standard of healthcare for children in Australia has found children receive care within clinical practice guideline recommendations on average 60%...
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What to do with an unexpected arrival

Four in 1000 births in Australia are unplanned out-of-hospital deliveries – or Born Before Arrival (BBA) births...
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Newborn screening for primary immunodeficiency diseases is a health priority

It has been recommended that newborn screening is expanded to include testing for severe immunodeficiency diseases including Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID),...
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Babies fed soy-based formula have changes in reproductive system tissues

Infants who consumed soy-based formula as newborns had differences in some reproductive-system cells and tissues, compared to those who used cow-milk formula or were breastfed...
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Pregnant women shouldn’t shy away from exercise in warm weather

New research from the University of Sydney suggests mums-to-be can safely exercise in warm weather, take spas and use saunas with minimal risk of heat stress to their unborn children....
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Securing a child’s future needs to start during parents’ teen years

A child’s growth and development is affected by the health and lifestyles of their parents before pregnancy – even going back to adolescence – according to a new paper...
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Parent resources

Baby sleep patterns

In this video Dr Joe Kosterich explains babies' sleep patterns...
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What to pack in your nappy bag: Your go-to checklist

It’s great for parent and child to get out of the house. Whether it’s for a necessary run to the shops, a social outing, or even just a breath of fresh air, getting out can revitalise overtired parents and entertain children...
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How to settle a crying baby

Settling a crying baby is a challenge and what works often changes from day to day. Parents will benefit from having a range of strategies they can try to settle their baby...
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Joke of the month

“An abstract noun,” the teacher said, “is something you can think of, but you can’t touch it. Can you give me an example of one?”

“Sure,” a teenage boy replied.

“My father’s new car.”

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The winners of the movie tickets to READY PLAYER ONE and to SHERLOCK GNOMES, the winner of the BÉABA Babycook® Limited Edition Macarons baby food maker and the winners of the book ‘Elliott’s Rainbow Heart’ have been announced.
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Easy school holiday activities

Make your own fairy dust!

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Dress up game

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Coloured pasta for education and craft

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Counting with muffin tins

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Macaroni in a box

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