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Check out our latest articles, practical tips and advice for parents on your pre-schoolers health and wellbeing.

From 3 years until they start school.
Bedtime routines for toddlers & pre-schoolers

Bedtime routines for toddlers & pre-schoolers

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.
Anxious pre-school kids

Anxious pre-school kids

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.
Reasons for bed wetting & how you can help

Reasons for bed wetting & how you can help

It may be of some comfort to know that wetting the bed is very common and the majority of children will grow out of it. We take a look at what causes bed wetting and how parents can help to manage it.
8 Tips on kids asthma & sleepovers

8 Tips on kids asthma & sleepovers

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 child’s asthma, so good communication beforehand is key.
Are your kids getting enough Vitamin D?

Are your kids getting enough Vitamin D?

Would you know if your kids were getting enough Vitamin D or if they were deficient in anyway, particularly during winter? We look at the importance of Vitamin D, common sources and how to ensure your kids get enough Vitamin D on a daily basis
How much sleep do babies & young kids need?

How much sleep do babies & young kids need?

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, there’s 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.
5 Ways to stop young kids being afraid of the dark

5 Ways to stop young kids being afraid of the dark

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!
Quick guide to kids coughs

Quick guide to kids coughs

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.
Teaching kids how to blow their nose

Teaching kids how to blow their nose

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.
Measles

Measles

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.
Does your child have ADHD?

Does your child have ADHD?

The number of young children being diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) has increased over the last decade. So what is ADHD, and why are more children being labelled with it?
Is your child depressed?

Is your child depressed?

Do you think your child is depressed? Childhood depression rarely has a single cause and it’s usually a combination of factors that depend on your child’s 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.
5 ways to help kids sleep on hot summer’s nights

5 ways to help kids sleep on hot summer’s nights

We all love summer, but it can wreak havoc with kids sleep patterns with balmy nights and daylight streaming through their curtains. A good night’s 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.
10 Tips on surviving hay fever season

10 Tips on surviving hay fever season

Are your kids prone to seasonal hay fever? Runny nose, itchy eyes and lots of sneezing? We look at the symptoms and ways to help keep the sniffles at bay when the pollen counts start to rise.
Are kids yoghurts doing more harm than good?

Are kids yoghurts doing more harm than good?

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?
The effects of W-sitting

The effects of W-sitting

We take a look at the effects of W-Sitting, why it’s not ideal and the postural and developmental issues it may cause young kids.
Cows milk allergy

Cows milk allergy

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.
Common eye problems affecting young kids

Common eye problems affecting young kids

Most kids suffer eye problems at some stage or other, it comes with the territory. But are you prepared? Here’s what you need to know about the most common problems affecting toddlers and preschoolers.
Healthy spines & smarter brains

Healthy spines & smarter brains

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 don’t move as much as they used to. So, what can we do to support a healthy spine and a healthy brain?
15 Reasons for babies & kids to see a doctor

15 Reasons for babies & kids to see a doctor

You should always rely on your gut instinct as you know your child best, but here are 15 common reasons when you should take young kids to a doctor or seek out medical advice.
The effects of dummies & thumb sucking on kids teeth

The effects of dummies & thumb sucking on kids teeth

Does your little one suck their thumb or use a dummy? It can be a way to pacify them when they’re young, but did you know that it can cause long term damage to their teeth as they grow nearer to school age?
8 Sleep tips for the Christmas holidays

8 Sleep tips for the Christmas holidays

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.
Childhood apraxia of speech

Childhood apraxia of speech

Does your child have childhood apraxia of speech? Find out more about this muscle disorder, the main characteristics of apraxia of speech and how it can be treated.
Basics of toilet training

Basics of toilet training

Every child is different so time and patience are very much of the essence to successfully toilet train your toddler. We take a look at whether your child is ready for toilet training; using potties versus toilet seats; training techniques and helpful tips.

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