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I had never read a book about infant sleep or routines prior to having my son, but many people gave me well meaning advice around how to make a baby sleep.

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Dr Pam Douglas reflects on Possums' contribution to protecting vulnerable parents with babies on the International Day of Families, 2020, particularly during COVID-19.

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Honorary Associate Professor Peter Hill answers a question about childcare in SA in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic and a possible case of community transmission.

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Responding to a question from the Possums community, Public Health Physician, Peter Hill, discusses a paper discussing paediatric patters of COVID-19 infection in China.

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Your baby's sensory needs are constantly changing, so how do you nourish your baby's senses when COVID-19 has you stuck at home? Here is a generous list of ideas.

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Honorary Associate Professor, Peter Hill, Public Health Physician, answers questions from our parents with babies about COVID-19, breastfeeding, and schools.

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This blog does not aim to deal with the crucial practicalities of how to avoid COVID-19 infection, or how to meet your baby’s sensory needs in these times of social distancing or lock-down.

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Stepping into parenthood is full of uncertainties. In the past couple of months COVID-19 has introduced a new level of uncertainty into our lives. And the challenges of parenthood continue on.

 

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Exciting announcement! The Possums Clinic has commenced a new partnership with Paeds in a Pod. What does this mean for our work and all our clients?

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Dr Pam Douglas voices her concerns about the frenotomy industry and how it can aggravate the distress faced by parents dealing with breastfeeding problems.

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‘How did you do that?!’ Read this gorgeous story by Debbie Spink about how she used sensory stimulation to magically calm her 15 month old grand niece. 

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Many families ask “what happens during a Possums’ sleep consultation?” NDC Accredited Practitioner, Renee Keogh, sheds some light on what to expect.

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Conflicting advice given to new parents upon the birth of their baby can be stressful and disorientating. Dr Pam Douglas from Possums explains why we have to do better.

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Could it be that parents are receiving advice about their babies’ sleep which worsens sleep distress for the whole family? Dr Pam Douglas reviews the evidence.

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Sleep training can make life much harder for both mother and baby, according to Dr Pam Douglas who is using the latest neuroscience findings to re-educate families on baby’s sleep.

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Talk to new mothers about breastfeeding, and there’s one frequent message: it’s painful and it’s difficult. However, it doesn't have to be this way.

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Thanks to Possums and the Brisbane South PHN, 28 parents in the Redlands Region gained invaluable skills on baby sleep, breastfeeding, and staying connected.

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What does a dietitian do? Why would you, or your child/baby, need to see a dietitian? Robyn Curtis, Dietitian at the Possums Clinic, answers all your questions.

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Adequate nutrition in the postnatal period is vital for the health of both Mum and baby, so here are 4 tips to easily and quickly meet Mum's nutritional needs.

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A separation of the abdominal muscles during pregnancy and birthing impacts the functioning of the pelvis, spine and hips, and therefore also how you bend.

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Food and meal times can be one of the biggest battlegrounds for families. Here are 4 strategies to help you and your baby have calmer and more enjoyable meals.

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What do the best sleepers do to get to sleep?  Nothing – they just lie down and off they go. So what do us tired new parents who can’t get to sleep do?

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A baby's first year of life is full of milestones, and how they learn to move and lift their body up against gravity is amazing. So how do they achieve this?

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It's that time of year – the holidays between finishing kinder and starting Prep.  Some kids will be looking forward to starting school and others don't want to even try on their new school uniform.  So how do parents know whether their child is ready for school?

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Dietitian Robyn Curtis shares her personal story of her twins' journey from baby moosh to solids. Like all parents, she experiences some ups and downs!

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You may be one in two Australians at any one time trying to lose weight. Dr Nga Tran discusses a healthy and sustainable way to break the weight-loss cycle.

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Make some time to connect with your child through song - the research shows the substantial benefits, even if you're unsure about the quality of your singing voice! 

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When you are a parent and grieving, it's hard to know how to deal with our pain and how open to be with our children. Here is guide to surviving these difficult times.

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Headlines claiming that it's OK to let babies cry themselves to sleep are making life harder for parents struggling with baby sleep, writes Dr Pam Douglas.

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As a new parent, have you ever felt you have nothing left to give? Here are some proven strategies for improving your quality of life when you're doing your best to look after your newborn.

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ADHD is a diagnosis based on a checklist of symptoms or behaviours. We can see these in children when a part of the brain, in the prefrontal cortex called 'executive function', isn't working well. 

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Different professionals will have different processes for making the diagnosis.

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It can be incredibly confusing for parents and carers when your child needs extra help to meet their particular developmental challenges.  

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Every depressed person experiences depression in their own unique way. Here are ten strategies you can use to deal with depression and improve your mental health.

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New parents often receive a great deal of conflicting advice from health professionals on breastfeeding, so understanding what helps and what doesn't is important.

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How do we help those many women who can't transfer milk from their breasts into their babies without pain? Dr Pam Douglas discusses this contentious issue.

There are lots of different reasons as to why children may struggle with aspects of school - learning difficulties, emotional challenges, hearing loss, health problems, social issues or even just poor fit between your child and the particular teacher or school.

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Do you worry that your child is doing things or behaving in ways that other children aren't or that your child's behaviour just doesn't make sense?

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When your baby is distressed, how do you use your voice? Do you sing, speak quietly or do something else? Find out how your voice can influence your baby.

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Babies experience two kinds of hungers: the hunger for milk, and the hunger for sensory experience. The hunger for milk is potentially life-threatening if it’s not satisfied; the hunger for sensory stimulation is not directly life-threatening, it’s true, but vital anyway because the baby’s neuronal pathways wire up in direct response to sensory input.

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Feeling sad or overwhelmed is common at any stage of life, and is particularly common in the days and months after having a baby, so how do you deal with it?

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Possums' Medical Director, Dr Pamela Douglas, writes an open letter to Dr Bryan Symon following the 2015 Brisbane Pregnancy and Children Expo.

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