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Baby Health

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Baby Health

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

Vitamin K for Newborn Babies

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. How is Vitamin K administered? Vitamin K can be administered either by a

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Newborn Screening

Newborn Screening By Hannah Dahlen 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. Tests are carried out on the blood sample. The newborn screening test can detect a number of serious genetic disorders. Phenylketonuria, Primary Congenital Hypothyroidism, Cystic Fibrosis, Galactosaemia and 30 other rare metabolic disorders are tested

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Newborn Hearing Screening Program

Newborn Hearing Screening Program By Hannah Dahlen 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. When hearing loss remains unmanaged it can lead to poor language development in early childhood and lower educational achievements and employment opportunities later on in life. We are aware from

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PBB Health Centre: The Perfect Partnership of Family Medicine, Midwifery Care & Allied Health

PBB Health Centre: The Perfect Partnership of Family Medicine, Midwifery Care & Allied Health Media Release 29 January 2013 In a first for Parramatta, the PBB Health Centre offers medical care, midwifery care and allied health services in one state of art complex. Established in 2012, PBB Health Centre combines the benefits of the family medical practice of years gone by, with the latest medical and technological advancements. PBB Health Centre represents the way forward in comprehensive, whole-of-life-span care.

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Baby Health Checks

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. Routine checks also provide an opportunity to have questions about your baby’s health and development answered, and help your practitioner develop a rapport with you and your baby. Baby checks can help you make informed choices about parenting issues and your baby’s health care. If your baby was born

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Your Newborn Baby Check-up

Even babies who are very healthy generally see a doctor, midwife or child health nurse a lot in their first two years of life. This is because the first two years are a crucial time for your baby’s growth and development. If born in a hospital your baby will have their first check-up by a doctor or a midwife within 24 hours of birth. If your baby is born at home your midwife may recommend you see a paediatrician

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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. What is environmental tobacco smoke? Environmental tobacco smoke is what is commonly known as passive smoking or second hand smoke and it is released when smokers exhale

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Circumcision – Challenging the Jewish Tradition

By Mark Morris 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. My partner and I are both Jewish, non-religious, but we culturally identify to differing degrees. I feel a very strong Jewish cultural identity. From the age

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CranioSacral Therapy for Babies & Children

By Krisitane Heidrich Creating A lifetime of Good Health Childbirth is a journey like no other. For mother and father it is one of wonder, excitement and the unknown. For the child it can hold all the rewards and risks that a new life offers. Thankfully, for babies and children today, there is a gentle form of therapeutic touch that can help them enjoy a lifetime of good health. It is called CranioSacral Therapy, and it can help your

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Naphthalene in Moth Balls and Toilet Deodorant Cakes

By NSW Health Naphthalene, the active substance in moth balls, is used to deter moths and silverfish from eating fabrics. It is also commonly used in toilet deodorant cakes. While highly effective in preventing insects from destroying stored clothing and eliminating toilet odours, If breathed of consumed naphthalene can be dangerous to both pets and humans, especially infants. The following information from NSW Health is intended to guide consumers in the safe use of products containing naphthalene. What is

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Environmental Tobacco Smoke – A Danger to Children

By Hannah Dahlen 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. What is environmental tobacco smoke? Environmental tobacco smoke is what is commonly known as passive smoking or second hand smoke and it is released

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What is Hip Dysplasia?

By International Hip Dysplasia Institute Hip dysplasia is the medical term for instability, or looseness, of the hip joint that affects thousands of children each year. This ranges from mild instability to complete dislocation. Approximately one out of every 20 full-term babies has some hip instability and two to three per 1000 will require treatment. Persistent hip instability is a silent childhood condition that frequently causes disability and arthritis in adults. In spite of the frequency and the potential

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How to Weigh Your Baby

As most parents know, consistent weight gain is a key sign that your baby is getting enough nourishment and developing well. Most babies lose some weight after birth but should regain that weight within 10 days, and then continue to gain an appropriate amount of weight each week/month. At each visit to your doctor, midwife or early childhood service, your baby will be weighed. However many parents like to weigh their babies each week, especially in their first 6

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Protect Your Baby’s Hips When Swaddling

By International Hip Dysplasia Institute Many parents find that swaddling can provide comfort to fussy babies, reduce crying, and develop more settled sleep patterns. While parents and babies may enjoy these benefits from swaddling, care must be taken to swaddle properly to ensure the baby’s health and safety. Improper swaddling can lead to instability and dislocation of the hip, a condition known as hip dysplasia. Please visit hipdysplasia.org for more information on this condition. To promote healthy hips, the

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Cord Care in Newborns

By Yvette Barton Umbilical cords are amazing. From the moment it forms and until it is cut, the umbilical cord supplies a baby with the oxygen and nutrients it requires for survival. The umbilical cord is comprised of one vein and two arteries enclosed in a sticky substance called Wharton’s Jelly. This is in turn encase in a membrane referred to as the amnion. After your baby is born the umbilical cord is no longer required and so the

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Bathing the Baby

By Yvette Barton When a new baby arrives you suddenly have so many new tasks. Parenting is a big role – huge in fact – imagine the job description were you to write one! One of the tasks on your new list is bathing the baby. This article looks at both the pragmatics of bathing a baby as well as safety considerations. Where Should I Bath the Baby? Perhaps the first most important consideration is where you will bath

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