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Preventative health


Poison prevention

In 2005 the Victorian Poison Information Centre received an average of 107 calls per day. The vast majority (60%) were about accidental exposure to poisons in children under 16...

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Prescription medicine in schools

By the end of the first week of February, all of the nation’s children are safely back at school and parents knee-deep in the usual paper work that comes home in school back packs...

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Toilet training bladders

Some wee myths busted

MYTH: Children should empty their bladder “just in case” to avoid accidents. FACT: By doing so, their bladder is never filling up, so the bladder - essentially a balloon-shaped muscle - is never working to full capacity.

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Teeth – they’re a lifetime investment

Growing pains don’t just happen in the legs of children and the hearts of parents. They also occur in the mouth. By simply growing, many children have to deal with tooth problems for no other reason than the jaw and teeth...

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The eyes have It

Rosie Hoban talks to an ophthalmologist and a behavioural optometrist about common eyesight problems in young children...

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The link between hands and health

In the depths of winter and term 3, as children return to school and kindergarten, it might seem that every other child is coughing, sniffing and sneezing...

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The pelvic floor

Mums know to expect a lack of sleep after having children, but the lack of bladder control is not so commonly talked about. Research shows that over 90% of women who have stress..

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The state of play

Australian children do not play in outdoor play spaces as much as they used to in generations past. Not only that, but many who work with children are concerned that the quality of interaction children have with the outdoors is also decreasing.

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The Weight Wars

Like most of us, Gwyneth Paltrow struggled to return to her pre-pregnancy body after having her second child, Moses. ‘After my first pregnancy, the weight had come off...

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Top 10 travel safety tips for kids

It’s a sign of the times that children from this generation are travelling overseas more than ever before – with parents....

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