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Managing a Child’s Cough and When to Be Concerned

Normal cough vs chronic cough Cough is a protective reflex to clear secretions and particles from the airways. Coughs affects about 30% of children at any given time with majority occurring due to respiratory tract infections. Children less than 4 years have about 5-8 upper respiratory tract infections per year while children > 10 years […]

Signs your child could have ADHD

Symptoms of inattention Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork or other activities. Has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities. Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork or chores Has difficulty organizing tasks and […]

10 things to know before your paediatrician appointment.

Visiting a specialist for the first time can be a daunting experience for both parents and their child. The important thing to realize is we are very friendly and want to help. A GP referral is required for the initial consult. Once you have the date and time booked in start to prepare any information […]


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 […]