Baby development: how it happens Baby development in the first 12 months is amazing because so much happens. Most healthy babies develop new skills in a completely natural and continually surprising way. Babies all grow and develop at very different rates - and they don't always do what the parenting textbooks say they'll be doing!
What is Cornelia de Lange syndrome? Cornelia de Lange syndrome (CdLS) is a developmental disorder that can affect many parts of the body. Cornelia de Lange syndrome is a genetic disorder. So far scientists have discovered changes in five separate genes that cause this syndrome, and there might be others.
What is a cardiologist? A cardiologist is a medical doctor with special training and skills in diagnosing and treating problems with the heart, arteries and veins. Cardiologists work in public and private hospitals and private practice. Paediatric cardiologists specialise in looking after fetuses, newborns, infants, children and young adolescents.
About continence nurses Continence nurses are registered nurses who specialise in the prevention, treatment and management of incontinence (lack of bladder and/or bowel control). Continence nurses can give advice on toilet training programs and continence equipment and products. Call the National Continence Helpline on 1800 330 066 for advice, information and access to a range of free information brochures.
What is circumcision? Circumcision is a surgical operation that removes some skin or tissue from the genitals of a boy or girl. All forms of female circumcision are illegal in Australia. This article refers only to the circumcision of boys . At birth, most boys have a sleeve of skin covering the end of the penis.
About communication disorders and impairments The most common communication disorders and impairments in children are: language disorders - these are problems understanding and/or using spoken language to exchange ideas speech disorders - these are problems making and combining sounds in words so that people can understand stuttering voice problems like hoarseness, breathiness, harshness or a voice that's too high/low or too loud/weak social communication disorder.
What is acquired brain injury (ABI)? An acquired brain injury (ABI) is any damage to the brain that happens after birth. How acquired brain injury (ABI) can affect children and teenagers Acquired brain injury (ABI) can affect: senses - sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste coordination, balance, strength and movement eating or swallowing attention, concentration, memory, thinking and learning communication, speech and language behaviour and personality energy levels muscle control and ability to move.
When you think your baby has colic: what to do The first step is to take your baby to your GP for a check-up. This will make sure there's nothing physically wrong. It will also reassure you. Also, a child and family health nurse can check your feeding technique and let you know whether there's anything you might be able to adjust.
Croup symptoms Your child will usually have symptoms of a cold before he gets croup symptoms. So he might have a runny nose, sore throat, fever and irritability. If he has croup, he'll develop a harsh, barking cough, sometimes a hoarse voice, and then noisy breathing, which is called stridor . The noisy breathing and cough are usually worse at night.
What is an audiologist? An audiologist is a university-trained health professional who diagnoses and helps people with hearing impairment and related conditions like tinnitus and balance problems. Audiologists help people manage their hearing loss with hearing technology and rehabilitation. They also help people learn about what to do to prevent hearing loss.
About counsellors A counsellor is a person who talks with people to help them solve problems, express their feelings or make plans for the future. Counsellors have different backgrounds and qualifications. Some counsellors have formal qualifications in counselling, some might be registered psychologists, and others might have a background in teaching, nursing, psychology or social work.
Children and colds The average preschool child has at least six colds a year. Sometimes, especially in winter, it might seem that your child is sick for weeks at a time, barely getting over one cold before getting another one. Young children get a lot of colds because they haven't had a chance to build up immunity to the many viruses that cause colds.
What is CHARGE syndrome? CHARGE is a complex syndrome that causes a range of physical and health problems that vary from child to child. It's also one of the causes of deafblindness. CHARGE syndrome is a genetic disorder, which is caused by changes in a particular gene, usually the CHD7 gene. In most cases there's no family history of the disorder or similar conditions.
What is Cri du Chat syndrome? Cri du Chat syndrome (CdCS) is a genetic disorder that can cause health problems and intellectual disability. 'Cri du Chat' is French and translates as 'Cry of the Cat'. This describes the typical cat-like cry that children with this syndrome make. Cri du Chat is caused by a missing piece on chromosome 5.
Dandruff causes Dandruff happens when very small dead skin cells build up on your child's scalp. Shedding dead skin cells is normal, and we don't know why they build up and make dandruff in some people. It might be because of an overreaction to a yeast (malassezia) that lives in our hair follicles, or it might be a type of eczema.
Causes of coughs There are many causes of coughs in children, including: viral respiratory tract infections, like colds and flus bacterial respiratory tract infections, but these are rare irritations, like cold air, smoke, pollution or an inhaled foreign object allergies and asthma psychological reasons - for example, a habit cough.
What is a dentist? A dentist is a university-trained health professional who specialises in preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions of the teeth, mouth and jaws. A paediatric dentist is a fully qualified dentist who has completed an extra three years at university and is specially trained to care for children.
About Crohn's disease Crohn's disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease. It mostly affects the large and small bowel (intestines), but it can be anywhere in the digestive tract, which goes from the mouth to the anus. The bowel inflammation that's caused by Crohn's disease leads to a range of digestive and other symptoms.
What is colic? Colic is crying and fussing that happens a lot, or lasts for a long time. It might start when your baby is a few days or a few weeks old. If your baby has colic, he'll be unsettled and fussy about feeding . For example, he might feed hungrily, but soon after a feed he seems to be hungry again.
What is a dermatologist? A dermatologist is a medical doctor with special training and skills in diagnosing, treating and preventing skin diseases and skin cancers. Why your child might see a dermatologist Your child might see a dermatologist if he has rashes, eczema, psoriasis, birthmarks and acne. A dermatologist can also look at any moles on your child's body to check for problems (moles can turn into melanoma, but this rarely happens in childhood).
What is deafblindness? Deafblindness means that your child has problems with both seeing and hearing . It's sometimes called 'dual sensory' loss. Congenital deafblindness is when the problems are there from when your child is born. Acquired deafblindness is when the problems appear at some point during childhood.