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What is iodine, and how much does my child need?

When you think of salt, what is it that springs to mind? Is it a tub of salted popcorn? A melt-in-the-mouth bar of salted caramel chocolate? A tasty batch of salty chips or crisps? Or maybe you think of spreading a layer of salted butter on a golden-brown piece of toast! What probably doesn't ...
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How do I prevent thumb-sucking?

When your little one is sat on your lap, distracted by the book you are reading them, their thumb stuck securely in their mouth, there's no denying that they look adorable! And it reminds you of a time when they were just a little baby in their cot, sucking on their tiny thumb as they slept. But ...
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How can I better listen to my preschooler?

“Communication is the most important skill in life. You spend years learning how to read and write, and years learning how to speak. But what about listening?” In the early stages of becoming parents, we can't wait for the moment when our little one opens their mouth and utters their first, ...
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Why does my toddler lick everything?

 Your toddler is driving you crazy! Why do they seem to lick everything or put it in their mouths? It doesn't matter whether it's paint, glue, or even a table, it will get licked! You don't even want to think about how unsanitary their favourite toy or doll is. Is this normal behaviour? How can ...
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How do food and drink affect my child’s teeth?

How do food and drink affect my child's teeth?It is often said that a smile says a thousand words, and it may well be true. Whether it's a toothy grin or even a cheeky smirk, there's nothing better than seeing your little one smile! And a smile begins with the teeth, so what could be more important ...
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How can I encourage my baby's language skills? 3 - 6 months

At home one day, you suddenly notice that your tiny tot, who's recently passed the 3-month mark, is watching your mouth move as though it were the most fascinating thing they've ever seen. And then, all of a sudden, they're sticking their tongue in and out, a confused look on their face. It almost ...
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What do I do if my baby is unconscious?

It's mid-afternoon, and you're propped up on the sofa with your baby in your arms, having just finished feeding. She seems satisfied, calm, and pretty much ready to settle down for her afternoon nap. But before you put her down for the afternoon, you need to get her cot ready. So, you leave you...
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How can I encourage my baby's language skills? 6 - 12 months

Now that your baby's past the 6-month mark you've gradually been introducing them to solid foods, and it's been a funny and exciting process. One day, during lunch, you begin speaking to your little one as you so often do, telling them to “Open your mouth now,” and much to your surprise, they do...
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What is a lip-tie? And what is a tongue-tie?

Each of us is born with little strings of skin tissue, known as frenula, that attach the lip to the gum and the tongue to the floor of the mouth. However, sometimes the frenulum is either too thick, too tight or both, which then restricts a person's lip and tongue movement. This is what's known resp...
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How to wean my baby onto solids?

As you sit and eat your dinner one evening, your baby perched on your lap, you notice all of a sudden that their eyes are following every bite of food, from the moment it leaves the plate, all the way up until it enters your open mouth. They seem entirely fascinated, and even try to reach for the de...
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