Your much-cherished baby has arrived and you want to ensure nothing but the best for them and their life ahead. Keeping in mind that knowledge is power, this section on baby health offers articles to assist you in making informed decisions to support your baby’s current and future health and well being. This includes information aimed at demystifying the nature and purpose of routine screening tests. We hope you find this section useful.
Baby Health articles
Circumcision-Challenging the Jewish Tradition
Mark Morris writes about how he come to a decision not to circumcise his son as per the Jewish tradition. Mark writes "I had always thought that if I had a son I would not circumcise him. I felt the need to challenge this Jewish tradition. But when I found out we were going to have a baby boy, the sudden emotional desire to have him circumcised was immediate and very strong".
Environmental Tobacco Smoke: a danger to children
It is a sobering thought to consider that 1.7 million Australian children are at risk of developing serious illnesses as a result of sustained exposure to tobacco smoke. The Car and Home: Smoke Free Campaign aims to help prevent children’s exposure to tobacco smoke so they can avoid the damaging health effects.
Your Newborn Baby Check-upEven babies who are very healthy generally see a doctor, midwife or child health nurse a lot in their first two years of life. This starts with a newborn baby check-up.So what can you can expect of your baby’s first check-up?
Baby Health Checks
Baby health checks, sometimes called well-baby examinations, are an important way to monitor your baby’s growth and development and promptly identify any issues or areas of concern.
Vitamin K for Newborn Babies
At birth you will be asked whether or not you would like your baby to have Vitamin K. The human body requires Vitamin K in order to make blood clot. When babies are born, their level of Vitamin K is low in comparison to adult levels. Regardless, this level of Vitamin K is usually enough to stop bleeding in most babies.
Newborn screening is offered to all newborn babies born in Australia. This screen involves pricking your baby’s heel between 48 and 72 hours following birth and putting this blood on a little white card made of special filter paper. The newborn screening test can detect a number of serious genetic disorders.
Newborn Hearing Screening Program
Approximately 2 in every 1000 babies born will have what is termed a moderate, severe or profound hearing loss. It is an unfortunate fact that only around 25% of children born with hearing impairments are diagnosed by the age of 12 months.