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Gut bacteria key to eczema puzzle

Gut bacteria key to eczema puzzle | Infant Health Issues 2013 | Scoop.it
A reduced variety of gut bacteria in newborns who are at high risk of developing allergies could determine whether those children develop eczema, a study shows.
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This article talks about a study that has taken place for 98 babies in Melbourne, Australia. The study is related to eczma, and aims to uncover the truth about altering the mix and amount of bacteria in infants' guts in early life. If this alteration proves to be effective, then the prevention of eczema could be a near reality for thousands of infants and children, all over the world.

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Australian Association for Infant Mental Health (AAIMHI) for the well-being of infants and very young children

Australian Association for Infant Mental Health (AAIMHI) for the well-being of infants and very young children | Infant Health Issues 2013 | Scoop.it
The Australian Association for Infant Mental Health is part of a world body (the World Association for Infant Mental Health) made up of professionals from many different fields who work together to enhance the social and emotional well-being of...
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This article is from AAIMHI which is a national organisation aiming to improve professional and community recognition that when a baby is so young and learning so much, it is in fact a crucial time fof psycho-social development- which means that the organisation is aiming to create awareness of the huge cognitive and social development that infants go through from day 1, and how we need to stimulate them from day one in order to help them reach full potential, and give children the best start in life!

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Helping Your Baby Develop | Down Syndrome WA

Helping Your Baby Develop | Down Syndrome WA | Infant Health Issues 2013 | Scoop.it
The Down syndrome association of western australian (DSA of WA) works to support the community to develop the potential of people with Down syndrome to live a valued life.
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This website really outlines some of the key factors Australian parents need to know to help their child with down syndrome develop. Some of these include creating opportunities for the child to meet with other families to develop social skills, stimulate the child with a variety of toys, places, people, and texture to expand their tolerance for differences at a young age whilst keeping their environment safe and maintaning routine to keep baby feeling stable. Talking singing and reading is a must, as well as activities which are listed to help develop motor, communication and cognitive skills.

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Sunlight may help prevent food allergies in children - RN First Bite - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Sunlight may help prevent food allergies in children - RN First Bite - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Infant Health Issues 2013 | Scoop.it
The science is still out on why we've seen a doubling or tripling in the number of food allergies among children in the last decade, but new research indicates sunlight may play a role.

Via David Holloway
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This article looks at the variation between food alergies, eczema and asthma in the northern and southern regions of Australia. The studies have suggested a link between food alergies and exposure to the sun (exposure to the sun is suggested to help prevent allergies whilst no exposure is suggested to help increase the likelihood of allergies). 7,600 Australian children took part in this newly released study and it is also believed that it is the vitamin D from the sun that is the affecting factor in these possible links to allergies.

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R. Shepherd's comment, March 14, 2013 9:12 PM
Excellent Bonnie
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Diabetes Australia Reveals Rising Diabetes Rates in Children ...

Diabetes Australia Reveals Rising Diabetes Rates in Children ... | Infant Health Issues 2013 | Scoop.it
There is no denial that diabetes and obesity are inter-related and are among the most contentious issues of all across the world. It has been yet again proved by Diabetes Australia which has released a report which indicated ...

Via Eric Kramer
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This article underlines the serousness of diabetes in Australia, as well as the alarming prevelence of the condition in more and more children (under the age of 15!). Not only is diabetes linked to dangerous blood sugar levels.. complications are outlined in the article such as limb amputation and blindness- which are extreme complications that haven't been widely addressed in Australia before!

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R. Shepherd's comment, March 14, 2013 9:13 PM
Very worrying for those affected!
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Broken hearts: heart disease in babies and children

Broken hearts: heart disease in babies and children | Infant Health Issues 2013 | Scoop.it
Treena Appleby was 19 weeks pregnant when she learnt that her unborn son had a dangerous heart condition. She wasn't alone - six babies are born with a heart defect every day in Australia.
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The website Esential Baby sent me to a touching article about a baby boy who was born with haf of a heart. Heart Kids Australia estimates that 6 babies are born in Australia each day with heart defects, which is over 2000 babies a year however, luckily, this condition varies from minor problems or defects in blood vessels (which is most of them) to huge holes between the pumping chambers of the heart, malfunctioning heart valves or a combination of these. The article explains that the health charity provides support to families of children affected by heart disease, as well as raising awareness of childhood heart disease and funding research into causes and treatment of the condition, as it is not yet known, and can be a very difficult and expensive health issue for families to deal with.

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Welcome to Australian Hearing

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Australian Hearing has a section for children on their website, which really explains the impact that hearing loss and impairment can have on a child and their learning. The article explains that children use their hearing to learn just about everything, and even severely effects relationships due to poor communication which comes along with the misfortune of hearing loss/impairment. The article also suggests that children who are born with a moderate or greater sensorineural hearing loss in both ears, are most likely to achieve the best outcomes if the hearing loss is diagnosed and intervention commences before they are six months of age; which really goes to show how much an infant learns between birth and throughout their childhood.

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Keeping Babies Safe - Safe Sleeping Information - SIDS and Kids WA

Keeping Babies Safe - Safe Sleeping Information - SIDS and Kids WA | Infant Health Issues 2013 | Scoop.it
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This article explains to us the randomnes of SIDS (silent infant death syndrome) which affects many children around the world! There is no real known cause for SIDS, however there are ways to ensure we have done as much as we can to prevent this tragedy (education resources link will take you here) such as ensuring baby sleeps without pillows in or around their cott, and sleeps on their back. The website stresses to us how prevelent this syndrome is in babies under the age of 6 months old, as this is when 90% of SIDS occur. It is also 5 times more prevelent in Aboriginal children, which is an ethnicity SIDS Australia is working hard create awareness of SIDS throughout. Since SIDS Australia has strted creating awareness in Australia, there have been 60% less SIDS deaths.

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Breastfeeding rates miss target - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Breastfeeding rates miss target - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Infant Health Issues 2013 | Scoop.it
Only 15 per cent of Australian babies are breastfed for the first six months of their lives.

Via LISA Infant Milk & Nutrition
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This article provides a professional's opinion on breastfeeding, which suggests that breastfeeding is reccomended for optimal health of the baby, for at least the first 6 months. The article ststes that 90% of women start off breast feeding from birth and then decrease to 15% breastfeeding by the time the baby is 6 months old. This is an alarming decrease considering breastfeeding could be determining the optimal health of the child. The article also states that 1 in 7 women smoke throughout pregnancy, and almost half drink alcohol- which makes us think what the statistics are for alcohol and smoking during breastfeeding!!

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R. Shepherd's comment, March 14, 2013 9:15 PM
Some people are not prepared to make sacrifices for their children!
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'Break the Habit' - Chldhood Obesity Ad Austrailia

'Break the Habit' aims to draw attention to the epidemic of childhood obesity in Australia. The commercial takes a controversial view on the subject of paren...

Via Anna Rossetto
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A very confronting and strong message is sent through this advertisement which targets the seriousness and true addictiveness of bad habbits (eating 'junk' food) and the effects and disadvantages of it on your child. Junk food is a convenience in many people's hectic lives, however the true effects of these 'convenient' lifestyle choices are as serious and disadvantaging to your child as actual drugs.

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R. Shepherd's comment, March 14, 2013 9:17 PM
This sounds like something we will look at again. A good find Bonnie.
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A very confronting and strong message is sent through this advertisement which targets the seriousness and true addictiveness of bad habbits (eating 'junk' food) and the effects and disadvantages of it on your child. Junk food is a convenience in many people's hectic lives, however the true effects of these 'convenient' lifestyle choices are as serious and disadvantaging to your child as actual drugs.