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The Murdoch Children's Research Institute blog Featuring stories, opinons and news from our research team, patients and staff.

Every parent wants to give their child the best start to life, but with the overwhelming amount of information available for parents and parents-to-be it can be difficult to know what to trust. Increasing evidence shows that the best time to invest in our children’s health is at the very start (conception). The message isn’t just for mothers; fathers, grandparents, and society all play a vital role in shaping the health and wellbeing of our children.
October 5 is World Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day, a day to create a powerful voice for people with cerebral palsy, and more inclusive community that understands the everyday challenges they face.
Two-thirds of children have already received antibiotics by the time they are one year old. Antibiotic use is increasing in Australia, which directly affects the development of antibiotic resistance. So if you have a ten-month-old baby, what do you need to know? What do you need to ask your GP about the benefits and risks of antibiotics?
Stuttering is a common communication difficulty affecting more than one in ten children during the preschool years. Stuttering typically begins when children start combining words into sentences between 2 and 3 years of age and ongoing research into stuttering at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute has helped improve our understanding of this common childhood communication difficulty.
My son, Noah, is nearly two, and he can only say ‘dada’ and ‘bye-bye’. He can follow simple instructions and he tells us what he wants by pointing or showing us. But the other kids in my mother’s group talk a lot, and he seems really far behind. Should I be worried about him? Dr Penny Levickis sheds light on what constitutes 'late talking' and what parents can do if they are concerned their child is having language difficulties.
Mother of twins Jess Wheller shares her experience after hearing about Murdoch Children's research findings released 19 July 2016 highlighting alarming rates of depression for parents of babies born before 30 weeks.