Issue 49 | 30 June 2015

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Advice for parents
The benefits of using a dummy
What does the evidence say about using a dummy? If you do choose to use a dummy, what should you do to maximise the benefits and minimise the risks for your baby? Find out »
The facts on pre-eclampsia in pregnancy and when to seek help
Pre-eclampsia is an effect of high blood pressure. It affects more than 4% of pregnancies in Australia. Any pregnant woman can develop pre-eclampsia however...»
Encouraging kids to wash their hands
Teaching children about hand washing early in life is important. It prevents the spread of diseases which make children sick. When kids learn early in life, hand washing is more likely to become a habit...»
How sexting affects teenage girls
For some girls the few seconds it takes to send sexy images or words can be life changing. For example, if a naked or sexually explicit image of a girl is shared on the internet without her consent...»

Of interest this week
Caring for kids with disabilities and difficult toileting behaviours
There is plenty of research telling us what most of us already suspected; that parents of children with disabilities are much more...»
A spoonful of parent interaction may help the medicine go down
The way parents interact with their chronically ill children could be the key to better treatment and better results...»
Mediterranean diet could reduce risks during pregnancy
Women who follow a Mediterranean-style diet in the years before becoming pregnant could face a significantly reduced risk of developing hypertensive disorders during pregnancy,...»
Getting to the point of parents’ fears
University of Queensland researchers are hoping to get to the pointy end of parents’ fears about childhood vaccinations by conducting an Australia-wide survey...»
New treatment hope for pregnant women with high blood pressure
Exciting research has found new answers for pregnant women with high blood pressure, which is also a characteristic of the serious condition, pre-eclampsia...»
Squirt the therapy dog helps raise children’s literacy levels
Deakin University researcher Dr Tony Chalkley has launched a fundraising campaign for a study into how therapy dogs raise literacy levels among primary school students...»
Assistive technology can boost students’ learning outcomes
The learning outcomes of students with special needs in Western Australian classrooms could be boosted with the introduction of low-tech and high-tech assistive technology,...»

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Inspirational quotes for parents

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
Anne Frank

We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once.
Polish Proverb

Always kiss your children goodnight - even if they're already asleep.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr

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