Dr Margie

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So far Dr Margie has created 23 blog entries.

Problem feeders – beyond fussy to something more serious

What is the best approach to problem feeding in kids?
There is a difference between a fussy eater and a problem eater. Both fussy and problem feeding are stressful for parents to deal with, and make us question whether our children are getting the nutrition they need to grow and develop properly. While the management of […]

By |October 8th, 2015|

Is your child constipated, and what can you do about it?

Constipation can be very distressing for kids, and for their parents, but how can you tell if your child’s bowel movements are “normal”? Constipation is defined as hard stools (poo), passed infrequently, but we recognise it can be more complex than that as there is a lot of variation in what is “normal” in children.

Your […]

By |September 15th, 2015|

Are you worried that your teenager might have an eating disorder?

It’s very common for young people to worry about body image. Adolescents often try various diets and/or may exercise to try to lose weight or change their body shape. However, these behaviours are very different to eating disorders.

Eating disorders are rare, but very serious, psychiatric illnesses. Any family that has had a young person with […]

By |August 20th, 2015|

Tips on how to manage children’s challenging behaviour

As parents, another one of our greatest challenges is the difficult behaviour of our kids, especially when we are sleep deprived or just generally exhausted.  Who can’t relate to that moment when you meet up with some friends in a café, or you’re trying to get round the supermarket, and your toddler has a theatrical, […]

By |August 5th, 2015|

Maternal whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine: two for one protection!

A funded whooping cough vaccine was introduced for mothers in each pregnancy in Victoria and Tasmania as of June 1 2015, and even earlier in other states. Whooping cough, or pertussis, has its greatest impact in infants too young to receive adequate protection from the normal early childhood immunisation schedule. This blog is in response […]

By |July 22nd, 2015|

How can you help your child with their bed wetting?

Bed wetting is very common and is challenging for many school-aged children and their families. I have had many requests to write a blog about this. It’s a subject that children are often embarrassed to discuss; it’s very distressing for some families and can cause considerable anxiety, especially around sleepovers and school camps.

Many parents don’t […]

By |June 30th, 2015|

How to recognise the different types of cough in children

As we are now well into the thick of winter, I thought it would be good to talk about cough in children, particularly what different coughs mean and how they may be treated.

There are many causes of cough and they are often related to the age of your child.  Viruses are the most common cause […]

By |June 16th, 2015|

How to deal with the fussy eater

One of the hardest things to handle as a parent can be a fussy eater, especially if you eat healthily and have always offered healthy foods to your family. One of my children would only eat vegetables if they were pureed or hidden in bolognaise from the age of two until recently. Whereas one of […]

By |May 25th, 2015|

Does your child need antibiotics for their sore throat this winter?

The cold weather has certainly arrived in full force this year and so I thought it may be a good time to talk about one of the most common illnesses our children experience over winter – a sore throat! For many of us this means a miserable child who won’t eat or drink, time off […]

By |May 4th, 2015|

Is anxiety affecting your child’s life?

One of the most startling things I have seen over the last few years has been the growing number of children who visit my clinic with symptoms of anxiety. It is also something I often chat to other parents about at my children’s schools, especially what we can do to help kids reduce anxiety in […]

By |April 16th, 2015|