Health

The immunisation debate

As Immunisation Awareness Week kicks off in the last week of April, it’s a great time for parents to contemplate their vaccination choices.    This year, 2017, marks the halfway point in the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) – endorsed by 194 member states of …

How to get your couch kid to exercise

We all know that Ministry of Health guidelines state that your child needs at least 60-minutes of physical activity a day. But what if your child hates exercise? It may be an incredible disappointment to you. You may be a runner, a cyclist, a gym-goer …

How to make nutrition fun for kids

Children who refuse to eat certain things (or in some cases, most things) can be extremely frustrating for parents who want to ensure their little ones are getting the nutrition they need in their growing bodies. Some version of the words “I don’t like that,” …

Who is caring for the children in Christchurch?

Many New Zealand children have been exposed to traumatic events. What differs for the children of Christchurch is the ongoing and unpredictable nature of the earthquakes over the past 5 years. Exposure to repetitive or significant traumatic experiences can leave children suspended in a state …

How to choose your childs sunscreen

How to choose your child’s sunscreen

Every Kiwi parent knows to “slip, slop, slap,” but how exactly do you choose the best sunscreen for your child? It may sound easy, but a quick trip to the supermarket or pharmacy reveals a mind-boggling plethora of choices:  organic or mineral? Water-resistant or sweat-resistant? …

Family biking fun around Christchurch

The summer holidays are a long stretch for kids, and for parents too at times. A great way to beat the boredom, utilise their excess energy and get a bit of fitness in for you too, is biking. There are plenty of fun places to …

Dealing with seasonal allergies

How do you know if your child has mild hay fever or more serious allergic reaction that may require medical help? What is hay fever? Hay fever is one of the most common allergic reactions, particularly in the spring. Sometimes it’s just a sniffle here …