Is it normal for kids’ knees to knock together? When does it stop being normal?
Knock knees (and bow legs) are generally a normal part of a child’s growth and development. But if they persist, they can become problematic.
If your child has flat feet do you have to do something about it?
Flatfoot is normal in infants and young children, and in the absence of any associated symptoms, treatment is highly debatable.
If the child is shy with other kids their age, or doesn’t warm up to strangers after a time, this may be a concern.
If a child is shy and poorly treated by other children their age, this may be cause for concern.
There are a number of reasons some children struggle to walk with a flat foot.
Some toddlers are unable to walk with their whole foot on the ground. This should be checked out by a health professional.
Between a third and half of all adolescents aged 13 and over report back pain about every month or more often.
The blame for pain in kids is often directed at school bags, computer and small-screen device usage, posture, or other biomechanical targets.
While very common and not too serious in kids, slapped cheek can be serious, and even fatal, if a foetus is infected through its mother.
“Slapped cheek” describes the typical bright red rash on the face caused by human parvovirus infection.
Childhood migraine has been found to be associated with early stress.
Many adults who have a lifelong problem with migraines first experience them in childhood or adolescence.
About 0.5-3% of older children and young adults still wet the bed at night.
Lack of public awareness and stigma associated with bed-wetting in older children means few seek professional help despite successful treatments being available.
Night terrors and nightmares are very different things and need to be managed differently.
Before we can understand night terrors and nightmares, we need to understand normal sleep.
The overall infant mortality rate more than halved between 1986 and 2014.
This infographic provides a snapshot of children's health in Australia, from mortality and chronic conditions to the risk factors adversely affecting our children's health.