When twins are born, the first thing a parent asks is “are they identical?” If one’s a boy and one’s a girl, it’s easy – they are fraternal. With all the other twins, this is where things get complicated.
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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a common cause of childhood disability, with recent estimates suggesting that up to one in every 30 children will sustain a TBI before the age of 16.
While having a baby brings many new and exciting experiences, research shows that women are at their highest lifetime risk for mental ill health in the time before and after having a baby, and it is well known that postnatal depression is a common experience for many new mums.
Zoë Davidson PhD, Accredited Practising Dietitian Overweight and obesity is a problem facing all Australians including our own children. Currently, one in four Australian children are overweight or obese; a scary statistic.
Stem cells show promise as a treatment for some neurological injuries, and they are a hot topic for the cerebral palsy community. After 15 years of international laboratory studies related to cerebral palsy, we know that stem cells may prevent injured cells from dying, and may help with some level of repair.
Imagine you are, or your partner is pregnant, and you are filled with excited hopes and dreams for your unborn baby. Then suddenly there is a medical crisis and your baby is delivered three months early, and they are one of the over 5000 babies born very preterm in Australia every year, or at less than 32 weeks’ gestational age.
This article was originally published on The Conversation on 4 May, 2015. By Janine Cooper Interactive devices allow parents to occupy their children for a time so they can complete a range of daily activities, including catching up with friends, shopping and eating out.
Every night, there are parents across Australia hoping that their baby will sleep through the night. For parents whose babies don’t sleep well there are serious consequences.
Philanthropy should be celebrated, particularly in Australia where in the past it has been downplayed, Dame Quentin Bryce writes.
Becoming a parent is a journey into unchartered waters – the physical and emotional demands of looking after a newborn are exhausting and constant. Not surprisingly, depression and anxiety are common among both new mothers and fathers but, for some, depression may come later.