2. Choose water as a drink
3. Eat more fruit and vegies
4. Turn off the TV or computer and get active
5. Eat fewer snacks and select healthier foods
8 Healthy Habits for 0 - 12 month old children
8 Healthy Habits for 12 - 24 month old children
Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way to protect against harmful diseases.
Immunisation protects individuals and the community by reducing the spread of disease.
HOW IT WORKS
The National Immunisation Program currently protects against 16 diseases. NSW Immunisation Schedule link.
Ryde Council is the last remaining council in the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) who run regular Immunisation Clinics. Information can be found on the Ryde Council website or can be obtained from your local Child and Family Health Centre.
Today's society is different to when you were growing up and it can be challenging to manage the balance of your child's screen time. This is because children have screen time at school and when doing homework.
Turn off Screens and Get Active
Child development experts recommend age appropriate screen time and carefully choosing what you let your child watch. Children will learn about managing screen time by seeing how their parents use their screens.
There are many types of screens: Tablet, IPad, smartphone, laptop or desktop computer, TV and DVD's.
Screen - time is the total time spent watching
any of these devices.
Children Under 2 years
Children 2-5 years
This is an opportunity for the parent/carer to spend the time watching or playing with your child.
Choosing an App or programs that your child is interested in and will provide activities that you can do together away from the screen.
Children need time for activities other than screen time. Activities you can do with your child include going to the park, kicking a ball, imaginary play, drawing and playing with toys. Play is very important for a child as they learn to master their world.
By choosing high quality programs or Apps your child will not be exposed to violent media as seen in cartoons, as young children don't understand what is real and unreal and by viewing violent media. They will copy what they see on the screen. This understanding of what is real and unreal also impacts upon what children see in food advertisements, not understanding that junk food is unhealthy.
Using a screen to calm or distract your child will not teach them how to deal with different and difficult situations. It is good for them to have your help to find other ways to calm down when bored or unhappy. You may be able to help them to make up a game, play 'I Spy', simply have a cuddle or a sing a song.
Helping your child, by choosing what they watch and how long they watch the different screens each day will make a difference today and into their and your futures.
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First teeth usually appear between 6 and 10 months. In some children, teeth can appear as early as 3 months or not until around 12 months.
Start brushing or cleaning teeth when your baby gets their first tooth. Even if they have no teeth children can still get used to having a small toothbrush or cloth gently rubbed on their gums, especially at bath time.
Once your child is 18 months old, you can use a pea-sized amount of low-fluoride toothpaste on the toothbrush.It is not easy to teach a child how to 'spit'!
Toddler teeth need cleaning twice a day - in the morning and before bed.
Your child can start helping to clean her teeth at around two years of age. Letting them hold a toothbrush with you will help them feel they are part of the action. Role modelling cleaning your teeth is also a great way to start showing your child how to care for your teeth.
Children will need your help and supervision with cleaning teeth until they are about eight years old, as they do not yet have the skill or focused attention to clean their teeth thoroughly.
Children, by the time they are two years old, should visit the dentist regularly to have their teeth checked as this allows your child to know the dentist and feel comfortable go to see them.
You can keep your child's teeth healthy by:
You know your baby/child best, if you think your baby is unwell, take them to see your local doctor (GP), phone an after hours GP to come to your home, or go to your local hospital Emergency Department.
In some circumstances it may be necessary for you to call an ambulance. Dial 000 within Australia.
It is often difficult to know what to do when you think your baby/child is unwell, however there are certain signs and symptoms that may indicate an illness:
After Hours Visiting Doctors Services (Source: Sydney North Primary Health Network)
In the after hours period, you can phone for a home visiting doctor service that will visit you or a member a of your family in your home. Some services offer bulk building while others require a gap payment. Some Private Health Insurers may also provide a free GP-to-home service to their members.
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