NOCTURNAL ENURESIS Nocturnal Enuresis or bedwetting is a very common condition of childhood. Bedwetting, once the child has started school, can cause considerable anxiety and stress, this in turn, may affect the child’s self-esteem and mental health. It can affect peer relationships, educational opportunities and can impact on family dynamics. So seeking treatment, sooner than later is recommended. STATISTICS Bedwetting affects 15% to 20% of 5 year old school age children. T
Important Developmental Milestones from Birth to 5 Years of Age This article continues on from Vision Development Birth to 6 weeks: Stares at surroundings when awake Momentarily holds gaze on bright object Eyes and head move together One eye may seem turned in or out at times 8 weeks to 24 weeks: Eyes begin to move more widely with less head movement Eyes begin to follow moving objects or people (8-12 weeks) Watches parents face when being talked too (10-12 weeks) Eyes move i
Parents’ Checklist The human visual system is our most dynamic sense. At birth, many of the components of the visual system are in place, such as the eyes, optic nerve and brain, but it is after birth that growth, development, co-ordination and fine tuning of the visual system occur. Many people confuse the word “vision” and “eyesight” and think they are synonymous, but they are in fact very different.
Eyesight essentially refers to the physical attributes and performance o
Continuing on from Dr Mahony last article on Spouted Drinking Cup Warning, in this article he takes a look at how we can encourage good oral health teaching toddlers and babies how to use a smaller cup instead of a sipper cup. “Babycup is a healthy drinking choice for your child. Spouts, and no-spill valves, mean a child has to suck, rather than sip. This contributes to poor facial and dental development. Developing healthy oral habits from an early age has a great influenc
There is an increasing belief, amongst numerous healthcare disciplines – orthodontists, dentists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, orofacial myologists to name but a few – that no-spill valves, and spouted drinking cups, are the cause of many childhood problems. These include crooked or crowded teeth, tooth decay, speech impediments, speech delays, chewing problems, swallowing problems, otitis media (ear infections; also glue ear), and poor facial development. Ma
Choosing the right time to give up thumb, finger or dummy sucking is important. Choose a time to break the habit when you and your child are not experiencing excessive stress or change in your lives, such as the arrival of a new sibling, a family move, or starting a new school. Children use sucking to relieve stress, and trying to quit during a stressful time increases the chances of failure. Infants have strong and pre-determined sucking reflexes. Finding an object to suck
It has come to my attention recently about the dangers of slugs and snails. I have asked Peter Banks, Associate Professor in Conservation Biology at the University of Sydney to enlighten us on these dangers. Slugs and snails are a carrier of the potentially dangerous Rat Lungworm. Rat lungworm (Angiostrongylus cantonensis) is a parasite that has a life cycle passing between introduced rats (black rats and brown rats) and snails/slugs. This lungworm is not native to Australi
Babies are all very different and develop at different stages; this includes their ability to learn how to take solids and to speak. Some factors that may contribute to oral and speech development can be their environment, birth order, being a twin, their personality or have parents or caregivers speak to them in more than one language. Even their parent’s skills and abilities could affect not only their ability to take solids but also the development of their speech. Thing
Part 2 of Fussy Feeders In the previous article I discussed some of the behavioural reasons behind fussy feeding. This month I would like to take a closer look at those children who are plainly not comfortable while eating or are literally starving themselves. These babies are often labelled ‘Failure to Thrive’ babies. They are babies and toddlers that are not gaining weight they should or are under weight.
Having worked amongst many babies and toddlers who either fuss
Packing lunch boxes is a task that parents do thousands of times. Some find it easy, others find it difficult to know what to put in there. Your job as a parent is to provide appropriate food choices. It is up to your child how much to eat from the food you provide. If your child doesn’t eat the food you provide, it doesn’t mean you got it wrong. There are many reasons that food comes back home in the lunch box: Not enough time to eat – some children are busier playing than e