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Sun-kissed Summer

Babies and small children have tender, delicate skin, and can burn easily in New Zealand's summer sunshine. Even if you're only going to the local playground for an hour, your child needs sunscreen and a hat, and you should be careful to protect …

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Baby health: symptoms you shouldn't ignore

Dr Anne Tait helps take the guesswork out of when to seek medical assistance, bringing parents one step closer to that all-important peace of mind. Knowing when to take a child to the doctor can be a difficult decision. In the cooler months when …

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How much should kids drink? Lifting the lid on sippy cups

Drink more water, we’re often told, But how do we gauge a baby’s thirst? Dr Anne Tait lifts the lid on sippy cups and their contents.  We’ve all heard the recommendations that we grown-ups should drink at least eight glasses of water a day. …

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When a baby's fever turns serious: febrile seizures

Mum of two Jayde Eddy recounts how her 17-month old daughter went from 'a bit grizzly' to blue-lipped and not breathing in the space of a few hours. My day on March 22 started out like most others: kindy and daycare drop-off, then off to work. …

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Making the most of massage

Massage is a hugely meaningful way to connect with your baby, and as Malcolm Aitken explains, it helps baby make some vital connections of her own. Touch has a special place in all relationships and massage especially has a powerful and unique …

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Tongue-tie: cause and effect

Tongue-tie seems like the condition every new parent is talking about these days. Lactation consultant and paediatrician Dr Abby Baskett answers some key questions about its effects, treatment and frequency. Many parents have either heard of …

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When to call your doctor

All babies have times when they are unwell, or off-colour. It's estimated that, on average, babies have around six colds in their first year of life. Throw in teething and immunisations, and it's no wonder they sometimes get a little grumpy! But …

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Fever: how to treat for under fives

What is fever? The normal temperature inside your child’s body is usually around 37°C. Your child has a mild fever if their temperature is higher than 38°C. A high fever usually means more than 39°C. Fever by itself does not tell you whether your …

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Are our babies anxious?

The Rise Of The Anxious Baby The idea or thought of a worried, anxious or stressed-out newborn would seem unnatural to many, after all, what would a baby be stressed out or anxious about, you wonder? At the very least it is a saddening thought to …