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The Early Years


Dr Saroja Balan's It's Your Baby is essential reading for every new parent

April 09, 2022 12:25 am

Self-assured and full of practical advice, the book is almost like having the leading paediatrician on speed dial

The Early Years: Welcoming your baby after neonatal intensive care unit

December 27, 2019 2:40 pm

Approximately one in eight children are born preterm. Preterm children are at a greater risk for excess hospitalisation and developmental difficulties after Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) discharge.

The Early Years: Emotional and mental health is a concern for kids below five years

December 13, 2019 10:47 am

Approximately 9.5-14.2 per cent of children birth to five years old experience emotional, relational or behavioural disturbance. Young children who live in families dealing with parental loss, substance abuse, mental illness, or exposure to trauma are at high risk of developing mental health issues.

The Early Years: Screen time is behind more cases of kids with Social Communication Disorder

November 29, 2019 11:19 am

Here are suggestions on play activities with your toddler so that screen time can be completely eliminated. Play with stickers; settle the cupboards; help clean and play dentist with dolls. Play and enjoy the toddler years  - just no screen time!

The Early Years: Mental health issues are real, even for toddlers

November 15, 2019 11:09 am

Mental health issues in kids: Make time for fun and play with your child every day and let her/him learn from mistakes with support. Play outside in a playground every day, climb and play on every swing and use the monkey bars!

The Early Years: Dealing with Down Syndrome — try the 'Welcome to Holland' strategy

November 01, 2019 5:55 pm

Our little baby boy (we will call him Kismat), lay on his stomach, very still. By this time, he should have been turning independently from side to side, holding his head steady and smiling at his mum. So, I explained that Kismat had low muscle tone.

The Early Years: Worried that your child isn't speaking yet? Here are some reasons

October 18, 2019 6:30 pm

If your child is not cooing, smiling and babbling by three to six months, not responding to name and sounds in the environment and does not understand or wave bye-bye by six to nine months, then that is cause for concern.

The Early Years: Here are reasons to bring home a pet

October 03, 2019 4:50 pm

A pet is often the focus of activities that families do together. There are calming benefits from simply watching a cat chase its tail or a fish swim in a tank!

The Early Years: Creative play helps you get to know your child better

September 20, 2019 5:25 pm

Children need daily opportunities for creative play and creative thinking. Start by providing activities that your child is interested in. Offer a wide range of creative materials and experiences.

The Early Years: What's making your baby laugh? Here are some answers

September 06, 2019 2:49 pm

In the first few months babies are learning how the world looks, feels and sounds in an ordinary context, so they don't "get the joke" when something's out of whack. Hence, a baby's first peals of laughter at around four months tend to be a response to arousal.