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RUOK?  An important question for new parents too…Welcoming a new baby into the family is usually a time of joy, wonder and excitement. However, for a proportion of mothers and fathers it can also be a challenging time. 1 in 7 mothers will experience Post Natal Depression (PND).  So, as well as saying “Congratulations on your new baby” it is also a good time to ask “RUOK?”

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Reading to your child is one of the joys of parenthood - in this blog I discuss: Some of the reasons reading to your kids is great; Some tips/hints for reading; You don’t have to even read - just simply singing and talking to your kids improves literacy outcomes later in life; Plus 3 of the absolute favourite books in our house!  

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Personally, I was excited to become a father, after watching my two older brothers welcome 5 nieces and nephews for me to practice on. I was training to become a paediatrician and there was an expectation – mostly self-assigned – that I would cruise through this newborn journey with aplomb, enjoying perfect babies that waltz out of their womb and sleep soundly through the night from day 1. The crash to reality was rapid, brutal and unlike any other physical or emotional challenge I’ve ever experienced or conceived of.
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Eczema - or atopic dermatitis - causes dry, red and scaly skin - almost anywhere on the body. Eczema is extremely itchy and is a relatively common contributor to unsettled infant behaviour.

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Babies aren’t born with impressive head control - it’s why we need to always support the necks of newborns when we hold them, and why we need to help them build this independent strength over time. In addition to neck strength, tummy time is also wonderful for promoting development, interacting with your baby and enjoying some time without a focus on feeding or winding. 
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Having a baby brings about a lot of new terminology to a parent’s language, and TOG is just one of them. TOG stands for thermal overall grade, or in simple terms, how warm an item of bedding is. It describes the thickness and warmth of all different sorts of bedding, but for babies and children it generally relates to swaddles, sleeping bags and sleep suits.

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Most of the country is in lockdown at the moment, and while we know that these restrictions will save lives - it's undeniably challenging for everyone, with a particular impact on our children. Two really important papers have just been published and I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about it - both will be linked for you to read in your own time.
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With safe sleeping changes, we have dramatically reduced the incidence of SIDS. There is an almost 90% reduction in SIDS since we learned not to sleep babies on their stomachs. This is phenomenal, but comes with unintended consequences. By sleeping babies on their backs, we’ve traded in one problem (major) with two other problems, largely unseen prior to the 1980s. 

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This week is Red Nose Day and all funds raised go towards the research and prevention of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). To help prevent SIDS it is crucial that your baby is placed in a safe sleeping environment. To make a baby’s sleep environment a safe one it’s important to follow the SIDS guidelines. 

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While expressed breast milk is always best used fresh it can be safely stored for use at a later time.
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The amount of alcohol in your blood is the same as the amount of alcohol in your breastmilk. It is generally safe to enjoy the occasional glass of alcohol but there are a few factors to take into consideration...

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The key to successful breastfeeding is positioning. There is no single right way to position your baby at the breast, the key is: a) for it to feel comfortable for mother and baby and b) there to be evidence of efficient colostrum/milk transfer.

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