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    Choking – How to Help a Baby Under One Year of Age

    Any child who is choking needs immediate help. Most choking incidents can be cured by effective back blows, but methods vary according to age, so you need to know exactly what to do for a young baby. A baby under 12 months of age who has something obstructing his or her throat will suddenly be [...]
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    Baby’s First Words

    From the moment your baby is born – some parents believe even before that – talking and singing to baby and including him or her in conversations are the best ways to encourage speech development. Keep your face close and make good eye contact as you talk and play peek-a-boo games, point and name things [...]
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    Babies and TV

    Some experts on babies and young children feel that many parents are taking the easy option of using television (and computers) to ‘entertain’ their little ones too often nowadays – and for too long. Concerns are being raised over problems with socialising and relationship-building, concentration and communication difficulties, and health issues. Expert opinions vary – [...]
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    Play With Your Baby

    Experts agree that a child is capable of learning more in the first seven years than for the rest of his or her life! The learning process starts at the moment of birth, and baby needs your help to learn about his or her world. To encourage brain development, provide a variety of age-appropriate experiences [...]
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    Skin Infections and Problems

    Older babies and young children may suffer from dryness, itchiness, or sore patches on the skin. Some skin irritations may only be sensitive skin reacting to a change in the weather; others may be symptoms of conditions caused by bacteria, fungi, tiny worms or insects, and can be extremely itchy, very infectious, and need medical [...]
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    Does Your Baby Need Medical Help?

    Most babies and toddlers will get a tummy upset or cold on more than one occasion before his or her immune system is fully developed and better able to fight off minor infections. A mild illness should only need extra-attentive home care, and will usually improve in a day or so. You should always check [...]
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    Help Your Baby to Sleep Well

    All parents want a baby who settles off to sleep easily, and sleeps soundly. Rest is important to your baby’s healthy development – and the whole family needs to enjoy a good night’s sleep. One the first things that baby needs to learn is the difference between night and day. Another is when it is [...]
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    Immunisation for Your Baby

    Immunisation saves discomfort and distress – and can save lives. The effectiveness of immunisation was demonstrated when parents in the UK became concerned about a possible link between autism and MMR injections (measles, mumps and rubella vaccines combined in a single injection). Many parents decided not to have MMR immunisation for their babies – resulting [...]
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    Keep Surfaces Clean and Germ-Free

    Did you know that there are some germs that can live for hours on a dry surface and for two or three days on a moist one?   Children often forget to wash their hands when they finish in the bathroom, or cough and sneeze into their hands – then they touch toys, tables, doors and [...]
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    Communicate without Words

    Sometimes your baby or toddler may cry bitterly, or even get enraged and have a temper tantrum, and you have no idea what is wrong… and he or she is unable to tell you – which is often part of the problem! In recent years there has been growing awareness that signing could be an [...]
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    Nappy Time… Happy Time!

    When newborn, your baby will pass urine up to 20 times a day, as his or her bladder is very small and there is no muscle control. It is perfectly normal if urine has pink or reddish staining at first, and very dark green stools are also normal – the colour will later be yellow/orange [...]
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    Prepare Your Child for Pre-School

    When your child starts at pre-school or playgroup, a whole new chapter begins. He or she should enjoy being more independent, and look forward to being with friends and having new experiences. Prepare him or her beforehand – and support ongoing learning – by providing opportunities for practising and enjoying activities that encourage skills: A [...]
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