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Infection Control and Prevention

Infections are common in children and often lead to illness. Children first enter early childhood education and care services when their immune systems are still developing. They may not have been exposed to many common germs that cause infections and they may be too young to be vaccinated against some diseases. What causes infection? Microscopic…

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How Vaccines prevent Infectious Diseases

The immune system is your body’s natural defense system. The first time you are exposed to a virus or bacteria, the immune system can be slow to make antibodies. That is because it does not recognize the virus or bacteria. While your immune system is making new antibodies, the virus or bacteria multiplies and spreads…

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About Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are common mental health problems that affect many people. Everyone experiences anxiety and fear at times – these are normal and helpful human emotions that help us deal with danger. Anxiety becomes a disorder when it is irrational, excessive, and when it interferes with a person’s ability to function in daily life. Often…

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Dealing with Anger

Anger affects people in different ways. Some people have a ‘short fuse’ and get angry easily. Others seem to get angry after a long time. The best way to resolve an argument is to negotiate with the other person. Well-managed anger can be a useful emotion that motivates you to make positive changes. Anger is…

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Talking about your mental health problems

It is hard to talk to people about how you feel. You may be worried that they would not take your feelings seriously. You may also be worried about what will happen after you tell them your problems. If you think you do not know anyone who will listen, you can call a confidential counseling…

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The Middle Years: Time to promote Wellbeing and Learning

The middle years, defined from 8 to 14 years, is a sensitive time of development when environmental effects are strong, and the impact of intervention might be greatest. Puberty dominates this period, bringing a cascade of physical, biological, social and emotional growth. Children look beyond their family groups and achieve great personal development during this…

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Parenting Children with Additional Needs

Every parent is different. But after a diagnosis of disability or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it is very common for parents to feel overwhelmed, shocked, disbelieving, numb, worried or a combination of all these things. Once parents have a diagnosis, that gives them some idea of what the future may hold. There is no template…

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Passive Smoking effects on Children

Do not smoke and do not allow yourself to your children be exposed to smoke because second-hand smoke and third-hand smoke are just as deadly as first-hand smoke. While first-hand smoke refers to the smoke inhaled by a smoker and second-hand smoke to the exhaled smoke that can get inhaled by your children, third-hand smoke…

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