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Growing pains – Children’s Health Queensland blog

Our blog, ‘Growing Pains’ is created in collaboration with medical professionals and provides insight, tips and advice about topical children’s health issues and developmental milestones.

A doctor’s perspective: what it’s like to care for a baby with whooping cough

Anyone who has cared for a child with whooping cough knows how frightening the disease’s signature coughing attacks can be. Here, Dr Sophie Wen, an immunisation specialist at the Queensland Children’s Hospital, shares what happens when children come to hospital with whooping cough, and what can be done to prevent them contracting it.

18 June 2019 |

Five things your baby needs for good mental health

Babies are born ready and eager to connect with other people and their surroundings. Their brains are ‘hard-wired’ to quickly learn about family, community and culture, and in the first three years of life, the brain grows to 90 per cent of its adult size. Here are five simple things parents and caregivers can do to foster healthy growth and development in their baby's early formative years.

10 June 2019 |

How to support your child when their sibling is dying

Though the subject of death and dying is uncomfortable for many of us and the experience of losing a loved one can be overwhelming for all of us, talking about death to your child as openly and honestly as you can is important in helping them to understand that it is a part of life.

20 May 2019 |

Six things we want you to know about autism

Our son, William, was diagnosed with level 3 autism when he was only four-and-a-half years-old. His mind and body had already been compromised from a cancer diagnosis and treatment, but it wasn’t until we engaged with an early childhood development program for his global development delays that we, along with his teachers and hospital staff, noticed his autism-like traits.

29 April 2019 |

Turn it down and tune in to the risk of hearing loss

The reality of hearing damage won’t be music to the ears of tune-loving teens and tweens addicted to their personal music devices (or loud music in any situation), but the fact is exposure to recreational loud noise is a major cause of hearing loss in Australia.

8 March 2019 |

Life back in the community after cancer

Completing cancer treatment can be both an exciting and concerning time for families. What a family goes through is tougher than most people realise.

22 February 2019 |
Last updated: 01 March 2019
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