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Different countries take different approaches to get parents to vaccinate their children. But saying which one works best is difficult. from www.shutterstock.com

How other countries get parents to vaccinate their kids (and what Australia can learn)

In some countries, parents are fined if they don't vaccinate their child or they have to go on a course before being granted an exemption to vaccinate. Are any of these options right for Australia?
Obesity is a problem affecting many Australian children. We need solutions, but is a weight loss app a good idea? From shutterstock.com

A weight loss app may be a risky way to address obesity in children

Targeting kids with a weight loss app could perpetuate body image issues and lead to disordered eating. Yes, childhood obesity is a problem – but we must tread carefully when delivering solutions.
Children are more likely than adults to catch and spread influenza. From shutterstock.com

Kids are more vulnerable to the flu – here’s what to look out for this winter

Children's immune systems are more vulnerable to the flu; even kids who are otherwise healthy can develop complications. The best way to protect children is by having them vaccinated.
Kids are exposed to junk foods often, but encouraging healthy foods at home can make a difference. Adobe stock

Kids’ diets and screen time: to set up good habits, make healthy choices the default at home

Although it's not possible for parents to completely shield their kids from screens and junk food, in the home they have a unique opportunity to establish healthy behaviours.
The antibiotics commonly used to treat school sores, a skin infection affecting thousands of Aboriginal kids, are out of stock. Terry Trewin/AAP

Antibiotic shortages are putting Aboriginal kids at risk

Almost half of Aboriginal kids living remotely will have a school sore at any one time. But there aren't enough of the right antibiotics to treat them.
Safety standards for children’s products aren’t intended to completely prevent injury. from shutterstock.com

Ensuring children get enough physical activity while being safe is a delicate balancing act

Only a minority of products in Australia actually have mandatory standards applied to them. There is a misconception that product standards can prevent all injuries.
What you tell your children about your impending divorce should depend on their age. from www.shutterstock.com

How to tell your child you’re getting divorced

Telling your children you and your partner aren't going to be together anymore is a significant change in their lives.

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