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Two new studies have found a link between having antibiotics as a baby and an increased risk of obesity in childhood. From shutterstock.com

The link between antibiotics and obesity in children doesn’t mean you need to avoid antibiotics

New research finds taking antibiotics in early life is associated with an increased risk of obesity at age four. But that's no reason not to give your child antibiotics if they really need them.
A successful pregnancy if you have diabetes comes down to planning and making sure you have the right health-care team behind you. from www.shutterstock.com

Diabetes and pregnancy can be a tricky (but achievable) mix: 6 things to think about if you want a baby and 1 if you don’t

Women with diabetes are at high risk of pregnancy complications. But there is a lot women can do to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
It’s difficult to recall what you might need as you’re preparing to evacuate, so have your kit ready to go. New Africa/Shutterstock

Evacuating with a baby? Here’s what to put in your emergency kit

Babies are particularly vulnerable in emergencies, especially in hot weather. Here's what your emergency kit needs to ensure they stay hydrated if you have to evacuate or you lose power or water.
Schoolies is a rite of passage for many Australian teenagers as they finish their exams and leave school. But are you prepared? from www.shutterstock.com

Is your teen off to schoolies? Here’s what to say instead of freaking out

Schoolies and other leavers' celebrations are a chance for teenagers to exert their independence and experiment with their identity as a young adult. And yes, you can help without losing your cool.
If another parent at playgroup says she’s not vaccinating her child, what’s the best way to respond? from www.shutterstock.com

4 ways to talk with vaccine skeptics

Responding to someone who questions vaccination can be difficult. Before you react, it pays to assess the situation because weighing in can do more harm than good.
It’s harder for kids to get to sleep when it’s light outside and they’re not as tired. Alena Ozerova/Shutterstock

6 ways to stop daylight saving derailing your child’s sleep

Daylight saving time starts this weekend, and it can often be the beginning of new dramas getting kids to bed. Here's how to make the transition a little smoother.
Some Nordic school kids are doing an average of two to three hours of physical activity a week. Does Australia need to lift its game? CAHPER/Sangudo/Flickr

Look up north. Here’s how Aussie kids can move more at school, Nordic style

Specialist teachers and hours of compulsory physical education a week are keeping Nordic school children moving. When it comes to physical activity, Australia could do better.
If you’re going overseas with your little one, you can vaccinate them against measles early. But they’ll still need their regular jab when they turn one. from www.shutterstock.com

To protect us all, babies travelling overseas may need the measles shot at 6 months instead of 12

Babies are normally vaccinated against measles at 12 months old. But doctors are now suggesting having the shot as early as six months might be worthwhile for youngsters traveling overseas.

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