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Sharing a bed with your baby is not inherently dangerous if the known risk factors for SIDS are eliminated. Sharing a bed with your baby is not inherently dangerous if the known risk factors for SIDS are eliminated. Image from shutterstock.com

Safety first: reducing the risks of sleeping with your baby

With so much contradictory information about whether it’s safe for mothers to share a bed with their baby, it’s easy to see why parents are confused. The release yesterday of a paper in BMJ Open added…
Every day around three Australian families face an end-of-life decision for their child. Every day around three Australian families face an end-of-life decision for their child. Image from shutterstock.com

Navigating the grey zone in end-of-life care for children

Recently on The Conversation, legal academic Neera Bhatia drew attention to two recent Australian court cases of withdrawing of life-saving medical treatment from infants with severe brain damage. She…
Controlled crying is when parents respond to their infant’s cries and gently comfort them, then return at increasing time intervals. Controlled crying is when parents respond to their infant’s cries and gently comfort them, then return at increasing time intervals. Flickr/tea...

Monday’s medical myth: controlled crying damages babies' brains

In my clinical work with pregnant and postnatal mums experiencing anxiety and mood disorders, few issues are reported as consistently as sleep deprivation. Parents who spend the first year of their child’s…
Doctors have become victims of their own success, giving more parents hope for their premature or extremely sick babies. Doctors have become victims of their own success, giving more parents hope for their premature or extremely sick babies. Chiceaux

Withdrawing treatment from premature babies – when doctors and parents disagree

Parents of babies born severely premature or with serious abnormalities are turning to the courts in a bid to override medical opinion to commence or continue life-sustaining treatment for their infants…
Bed-sharing seems like a workable option to settle infants and to gain much-needed sleep. But is it worth the risks? Bed-sharing seems like a workable option to settle infants and to gain much-needed sleep. But is it worth the risks? DanielJames

Sharing a bed with your baby – realities vs recommendations

Most parents will tell you that as soon as they announced their pregnancy, the advice started rolling in. Much of it might have been sensible and evidence-based, but it’s difficult to sort the myths from…
Just 14% of Australian babies are exclusively breastfed at six months of age. Just 14% of Australian babies are exclusively breastfed at six months of age. NoVa Hokie

Nestlé and beyond: looking into infant formula’s chequered past

A recent change to Nestlé’s NAN H.A. 1 Gold infant formula has been accused of making babies sick and irritable, with parents claiming the “new and improved” formula came with side effects such as constant…
Infant male circumcision violates aspects of international human rights law, which Australia is bound to uphold. Infant male circumcision violates aspects of international human rights law, which Australia is bound to uphold. Chris Woods

Infant male circumcision: stop violating boys' human rights

In an article published recently on this site, “Male circumcision policy ignores research showing benefits”, the authors stated some alleged benefits of infant male circumcision and argued the Royal Australasian…
Infants should sleep alone without bedding or toys that could cover their face. Infants should sleep alone without bedding or toys that could cover their face. Flickr/dontshoot me

Don’t believe the hype: sleeping with your baby is not okay

In a recent visit to Australia, US Anthropologist Professor James McKenna claimed that under the right circumstances, breastfed babies could safely sleep in the same bed as their mothers. This was a perfectly…
One in three Australian women will give birth by caesarean but many don’t need to. One in three Australian women will give birth by caesarean but many don’t need to. Mike Hanlon

Is caesarean now the ‘normal’ way to give birth, and should we be worried?

There’s no doubt that caesarean sections are an essential procedure that can save the lives of women and babies. But around one in three Australian women will give birth by caesarean section – and that’s…
More women are opting for caesareans but what are the risks? More women are opting for caesareans but what are the risks? Rowan Simpson

Not just too posh to push: elective caesareans vs vaginal births

In Australia, as in most of the developed world, about one baby in three is now delivered by caesarean section. To put things in perspective, the rate of caesarean birth has almost doubled over the past…

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Genetic link to infant leukaemia

Babies who develop leukaemia in their first few years of life seem to inherit a rare combination of genes from their parents…