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Are There Any Tricks to Travel with a Breastfed Baby?
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It's much easier to travel with a breastfed baby than a bottle-fed one. A breastfeeding mother doesn't need to worry about packing bottles and formula or sterilizing all the feeding supplies.
Baby Car Seats
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Safety belts are designed for adult bodies. Until your child can safely and comfortably wear an adult safety belt (i.e. the belt crosses their pelvis, not their tummy), you have to put them in an approved child restraint.
Brain Research
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At birth an infant's brain is not fully formed. The brain cells (neurons) are all in their correct place, however most are immature with no set function or connection with other brain cells.
Car Seats
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Approved child restraints include infant restraints for young babies (often called baby capsules), restraints for older babies and toddlers (often called car seats), harnesses and booster seats for preschool and school-aged children
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Happily it is becoming increasingly uncommon for parents to cause their baby boys to be circumcised. A few still ask of it should be done - most of those decide against.
Cloth nappies
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How to fold cloth nappies
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Colic is a very common condition experienced by babies usually starting around three weeks of age and stopping at about 3-4 months. Colic rarely continues past 6 months of age.
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Written by Jill Dunn - MHSc Complementary Medicine, Registered Naturopath, Registered Medical Herbalist, Registered Nurse (Non-practising)
Colic, or griping pains of the digestive system are due to intense muscle spasms in the gut, and usually indicate an attempt to remove trapped gas or faecal matter.
Cot Death (SIDS) Prevention
How to wrap a baby's mattress for cot death (SIDS) prevention. How to prevent head flattening. Information about infant bedding.
Cot Death, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
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Many parents would take any precaution to guarantee against their baby dying of cot death, known as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Febrile Convulsions
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Your toddler has been irritable, a bit off colour for an hour or two. Suddenly he is unconscious, deathly pale, jaw rigid, eyes rolled, arms and legs jerking and totally unresponsive to your attempts to bring him around. Few parents forget the terror they feel on first finding their child in such a state.
First Days
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Babies change quickly in the first few days and may not look as you had expected at birth
First Six weeks breastfeeding
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New babies bring many changes to the family.When caring for your baby you might get lots of different and sometimes conflicting advice
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Fluids are an important component of a child's daily nutrition plan. Adequate fluid intake among children is particularly vital for maintaining blood volume, protecting against overheating and learning.
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Homoeopathy is a unique system of medicine that aims to promote good health by stimulating the body's own natural healing ability. It is a non-drug therapy based on the principle of "like cures like".
How can I tell if my baby is getting enough milk?
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This may be the most asked question for La Leche League Leaders. It is understandable, since breasts are neither see-through nor marked off in ounces. Thank goodness there are other signs that indicate baby is getting enough milk.
Infant formula advice from the Ministry of Health and NZ Food Safety Authority
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Formula and Enterobacter sakazakii infections in premature babies.
Our Recommendations for all newborn babies:
Breast is best. Breast-milk contains all the nutrition newborn babies need and breastfeeding benefits both the mother and the baby.
But if infant formula is the only option this will article will provide information on proper preparation of formula for Full-term (37-42 weeks) and Healthy Newborns.
Infant Formula preparation safety
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Our Recommendations for all newborn babies: Breast is best. Breast-milk contains all the nutrition newborn babies need and breastfeeding benefits both the mother and the baby.
But if infant formula is the only option then this article will provide you with information.
MMR Retraction
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Dr Andrew Wakefield, a British gastroenterologist, was the lead author of the paper that suggested there may be a relation between the MMR vaccine and autism. However, ten of his co-authors have now published a formal retraction of the suggestion of a link in the medical journal.
Nappy rash
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Nappy rash is a red, irritating skin rash in the area which is covered by the nappy.
Plunket Services
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Free clinic visits are offered at key stages of the child's development. Child health and development assessments are provided as well as ongoing parent education and support.
Registering a Birth
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By law, every New Zealand birth must be registered within two months of the birth. Once registered, a birth certificate is available as an official record. Birth registration is free.
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One of the concerns for new parents is the anticipated lack of sleep that comes with a newborn. Everyone will tell a pregnant woman: "get the sleep you can now" "sleep in and have breakfast in bed - all this will go once you have your baby."
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On average a one month old baby sleeps for a total of 16.5 hours in 24 hours, but the length of each sleep varies between babies
Sudden infant death syndrome
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Information on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Supplied by NZ Cot Death Association
SIDS stands for sudden infant death syndrome or cot death. It is the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of a baby during sleep. In New Zealand it is the main cause of death of babies.

Teething – What you can do to assist the process
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Written by Jill Dunn - MHSc Complementary Medicine, Registered Naturopath, Registered Medical Herbalist, Registered Nurse (Non-practising)
Your baby will usually start cutting his or her milk teeth when they are around six to twelve months. The first teeth to appear are the lower front teeth (central incisors). Additional pairs of teeth erupt every one to two months, and by two to three years of age your toddler will have all 20 milk teeth.
The Mucusy Child
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There are many children in our community who frequently have runny noses, coughs, ear infections and sore throats. Every "cold" they catch seems to "go to their chests". They seem to spend half their lives with green candles sprouting from their nostrils and thence being transferred to the backs of their hands or sleeves.
Traveling with a Baby
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He has traveled by car, buggy, stroller, front pack, backpack, hip seat and plane but not yet by shanks-pony (his own two little feet).
Umbilical cord blood
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Overseas, an increasing number of parents banking their newborn's cord blood because it contains stem cells that are genetically related to their families and may be of use for future medical treatment.
Umbilical Cord Blood
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Medical Pros & Cons to Banking Umbilical Cord Blood.
Vitamin K?
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Vitamin K is a topic that seems to pose many questions to which parents-to-be seek answers. To give vitamin K or not to give it?
What foods should I avoid eating while breastfeeding?
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One of LLL's concepts says, "Good nutrition means eating a well-balanced and varied diet of foods in as close to their natural state as possible."
What to buy for baby?
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The following is a basic layette for babies.
When Will My Baby Sleep Through the Night?
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Just as you can't know when your baby will first smile or start to talk or decide to give up morning naps, there's no way to predict when your baby will sleep through the night. More importantly, there's no "right age" at which your baby should. As with any developmental milestone, your baby may be earlier or later than other babies in developing new skills.
WHO Code for Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes
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The World Health Organisation (WHO) was set up to monitor international health matters and public health. It does this by promoting and assisting different health services, education and research into health issues and prevention and control of diseases.
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