So why do toddlers suffer from constipation? Its 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is your babys 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.
The longer you leave it to ditch your childs 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.