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Have a read of our latest articles, practical tips and advice for parents on your toddler’s health and wellbeing from ages 1 – 3 years old.
Toddler constipation - common causes & treatment

Toddler constipation - common causes & treatment

So why do toddlers suffer from constipation? It’s fairly common in this age group and can appear out of nowhere for some or be carried on from infancy for others. We look at some of the reasons why toddlers suffer from constipation, symptoms, common causes and remedies to help treat it.
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.
Toilet training without the stress – for all of you

Toilet training without the stress – for all of you

It is typically around the time toilet training begins that children are starting to strive for more independence and beginning to test limits. This can make toilet training a stressful time for everyone involved. So how do we make toilet training a normal part of development?
Meningitis in babies & toddlers

Meningitis in babies & toddlers

Would you know if your little one had meningitis? Spotting the symptoms early could save their life. We take a look at some of the causes, treatment and prevention of meningitis, the glass test and how you can help protect your baby or toddler.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dealing with nappy rash

Dealing with nappy rash

At some point most babies get a touch of nappy rash, a red blotchy and sometimes spotty and sore, area in their nappy area. Sometimes the whole area is affected and at others times it may only appear in one area. We take a look at some of the causes of nappy rash and some tips on how to deal with it.
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.
Testing Baltic Amber jewellery for authenticity

Testing Baltic Amber jewellery for authenticity

Is your baby’s Baltic Amber necklace the real deal? There's a lot of amber on the market in New Zealand right now and at first glance it's difficult to tell if it's genuine Baltic Amber or plain amber, copal, or plastic. Try one of these tests to determine if the amber you have is authentic.
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?
10 steps to ditching the dummy

10 steps to ditching the dummy

The longer you leave it to ditch your child’s dummy, the more attached they will become to it. Bite the bullet while they're young and the agony will be less in the long run (although it may not feel like it at the time!). Make a start and follow these 10 simple steps.
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.
Toileting Tips

Toileting Tips

Everyone's different, but children are usually ready to start toilet training somewhere between 18 months - 3 1/2 years on average. We take a look at some of the cues for toileting readiness, managing poo issues and moving through each phase at your child's pace.
The teething process

The teething process

All babies are different when it comes to teething. We take a look at when the teething process begins, which teeth usually come first and some of the teething symptoms your little one might experience.
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.

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