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Dear Dr Betty, why do some kids need ADHD medication? Non-medication strategies are always tried first, including modification of the classroom environment, additional learning support, strategies to help with organisation and behaviour management strategies. Medications aim for efficient function in day to day tasks, mainly at school. Stimulants are the most commonly used medication and […]

Tips for parents whose child has just been diagnosed with ADHD

Life with a child or teen with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be frustrating, even overwhelming. But as a parent you can help your child overcome daily challenges, channel their energy into positive arenas, and bring greater calm to your family. And the earlier and more consistently you address your child’s problems, the greater […]

Can your 6 month old do this?

Your baby at six months old. At 6 months old, they’re half way through their first year and baby development at 6 months typically have few things in common. This is an exciting time for your baby. They imagination is starting to come alive. They are also better at remembering things, like favourite people, toys […]

Why Do Babies Cry?

Dear Dr Siva, why do babies cry? Babies are dependent on parents for all their needs which include food and comfort. Most often, babies communicate by crying and they cry for various reasons. The most common reason is hunger. The other causes are discomfort, wet or soiled nappy, tiredness and feeling cold or hot. Sometimes […]


Dear Dr Betty, what is ADHD? ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by inattention, distractibility, hyperactivity and impulsivity. It starts in Childhood and symptoms may persist into adulthood. The type of ADHD diagnosed depends on the most predominant set of symptoms as either predominantly Hyperactive/impulsive, predominantly Inattentive or Combined type. Many […]

Why your child might see a Paediatrician?

Your child might see a paediatrician if your GP wants a specialist opinion about your child’s health and development, or thinks your child needs specialised care and treatment. For example, your GP might refer your child to a paediatrician for further assessment and treatment of: asthma and allergies poor growth behaviour problems developmental delay autism ADHD sleep […]

What do paediatricians help with?

Paediatricians play a vital role in the community but there are many people who don’t know who they are, or what their duties entail. Paediatricians are doctors who have completed specialists training in medical conditions that affect the wellbeing of children. In Australia a general paediatrician would have completed at least another six years of […]

Sleep difficulties in children

When I had to do night shifts during my medical training, I came to understand how sleep deprivation could sometimes be used as a form of torture. After being awake for sometimes 30 plus hours, life just did not seem right. My body felt as if it lost the ability to regulate itself, especially emotionally. […]