Night waking in preschoolers is not uncommon and can sometimes be caused by nightmares or night terrors. But how do you know the difference between a nightmare and a night terror? Gaining an understanding of them both is key to determining the best way to handle them. We look at nightmares and night terrors in more detail and give you some tips on how to combat the possible underlying causes and help stop your preschoolers episodes.
We all love summer, but it can wreak havoc with kids sleep patterns with balmy nights and daylight streaming through their curtains. A good nights sleep is important for all of us, so help make things more comfortable with these 5 easy tips to help them get to sleep during the warmer months.
Check out our quick guide to kids coughs & coughing - common types of coughs you might come across this winter. Kids coughing is not uncommon at this time of year, but would you be able to recognise what sort of cough it is and how to treat it? Here are some of the more common types of coughs, symptoms and how you can help your little one.
In this article we take a look at some of the benefits of good bedtime routines for toddlers and pre-schoolers, why they're important and how to put a bedtime routine in place. We also share some ideas to help you establish your own bedtime routines and encourage healthy sleep habits for the future.
Would you recognise if your child had measles? Measles is a highly contagious viral disease which kills around 1 million children worldwide each year. It is passed on through droplets on the skin or by breathing in contaminated air. A rash usually occurs, but the most infectious period is 4 days before there are any noticeable changes to the skin, meaning the disease is often passed around before there are any major signs of illness.
Most kids suffer eye problems at some stage or other, it comes with the territory. But are you prepared? Heres what you need to know about the most common problems affecting toddlers and preschoolers.
Learning to blow your nose must be one of the hardest things for kids to learn to do! Most are experts at blowing air out of their mouths, but blowing through their nose is a whole new technique they need to master. Try these simple steps to help your kids learn how to blow their nose.
Kids of all ages have anxieties or worries of some kind. However, in most cases, anxiety in early childhood is fairly transient and short-lived. We take a look at some of the common causes of anxiety in pre-schoolers and ways you can help your little one.
Sleepovers with friends and family can be lots for fun for young kids. However if they or one of their friends has asthma, it pays to do a little planning up front. A new or unfamiliar environment can pose unforeseen problems that could trigger a childs asthma, so good communication beforehand is key.
How do you know if your kids are getting enough Vitamin D or if they're deficient in anyway? We look at the importance of Vitamin D, common sources and how to ensure your kids get enough Vitamin D on a daily basis.
As parents we know that young children need their sleep to grow and develop, but many of us are unsure as to how much sleep babies, toddlers and pre-school kids actually need to reach their full potential. Unfortunately when it comes to sleep patterns, theres no such thing as an average child, but our sleep guide will give you an idea of what you can expect for newborns to 5 year olds, from day time naps to sleeping through the night.
Are your kids afraid of the dark? Do they get upset and can't sleep as they think there are monsters under their bed each night? They're not alone! We take a look at some of the reasons behind their fears of the dark, ways you can respond, how to make a monster fighting kit and putting some monster rules in place!
Do you think your child is depressed? Childhood depression rarely has a single cause and its usually a combination of factors that depend on your childs innate coping abilities. We take a look at the causes of childhood depression, signs and symptoms, getting help, treatment, supporting your child and improving communication.
Many of us buy yoghurt for our kids because of the widely published health benefits it has, ranging from friendly bacteria to the amount of calcium it contains. But not all yoghurts are created equal! So how do we tell apart the real yoghurts that offer health benefits from other fake yoghurts that just taste good?
Cows milk is one of the most common causes of food allergy in young children, affecting about one in 50 children in New Zealand. So what is cows milk allergy? We take a look at the symptoms and management of cows milk allergy.
Find out how growing a healthy spine and a learning brain both need the same thing for your kids to develop and why movement is so important. Kids these days just dont move as much as they used to. So, what can we do to support a healthy spine and a healthy brain?
Does your little one suck their thumb or use a dummy? It can be a way to pacify them when theyre young, but did you know that it can cause long term damage to their teeth as they grow nearer to school age?
Even babies and kids who are usually good sleepers may find it difficult to get enough sleep or settle during the busy Christmas period. So here are some useful sleep tips for the Christmas holidays to help ensure your baby & kids sleep is not disrupted during this hectic time of year.