In the first year of life a typically developing infant learns and practices a large variety of movements which help their nervous system mature and integrate the two sides of their bodies, as well as developing the capacity to lift their body up against the constant forces of gravity.
You’ve survived pregnancy, birth and the fourth trimester. Life with a newborn is settling into more of a routine. There’s maybe even a few longer stretches of sleep starting to appear on the horizon. Then, before you know it, another milestone looms around the corner – the introduction of solid food.
A lot of effort has gone into establishing the marvellous health benefits of human milk over the past half century, but that doesn’t help those many women who are unable to transfer the milk from their breasts into their babies without pain.
When your baby is distressed, how do you use your voice? Do you sing, speak quietly or use a combination of both modalities? Or do you feel so upset that singing is the last thing on your mind and yells of exasperation come rushing out instead?
Babies experience two kinds of hungers: the hunger for milk, and the hunger for sensory experience. The hunger for milk is potentially life-threatening if it’s not satisfied; the hunger for sensory stimulation is not directly life-threatening, it’s true, but vital anyway because the baby’s neuronal pathways wire up in direct response to sensory input.
Dear Brian, There are, I’m told, long queues of parents outside your stall at the Brisbane Pregnancy Babies and Children Expo this weekend, waiting patiently for a Medicare-rebate-only consultation with you.
Parenthood is an exciting time, but it can also be mind-boggling. In her work as a women's health specialist, Dr Pamela Douglas found some of our traditional beliefs around caring for newborns are misleading and tend to create even more anxiety for new parents.
Holding your newborn in your arms for the first time and realising you are responsible for this perfect little human can be both joyous and scary - and as your baby begins to grow, so can the self-doubt.
Got a crying baby? First take a deep breath … Having a crying baby who just won't settle no matter what you do can be incredibly stressful for new parents. Dr Pamela Douglas shares her tips on how to avoid becoming overwhelmed when bub is unsettled.