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Scheduled Vaccines

You will find the full immunisation schedule – 2 & 4 Months, 6 Months, 12 Months, 18 Months Chicken Pox Vaccine, Pneumococcus, Prevenar here.

Sublingual Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is a term used to try and alter the response of the immune system to an allergen. An allergen causes an allergic reaction. Sublingual immunotherapy refers to a desensitisation process where drops or dissolvable tablets are placed under the tongue on a daily basis to slowly lessen the allergic response to a specific allergen.

Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis used to be called hayfever. But there is no fever and hay is not really a factor in suburban Australia. But this condition causes considerable distress and results in sneezing, itchy, blocked nose, and often the eyes are involved. The good news is that it is treatable, and desensitisation is possible in some cases.

Managing the Overweight Child

This difficult topic is often avoided by health professionals as it can be confronting and difficult to manage. This deals with facts and provides some advice in reversing weight gain during childhood.

Introduction Food Allergy & Intolerance

What is food allergy ? The first thing to clear up is the definitions. A food allergy is where the body reacts in a clear and abnormal way after ingestion of a food. The food is ingested and this sets off a cascade of immune system response that results in the release of body chemicals […]

Bed Wetting

What causes it ? There are three basic reasons for enuresis: Firstly it is due to a limited response by the brain to a full bladder. When the bladder is full it does not notify the brain to wake and empty. It eventually empties itself without the sufferer realising. This is called the arousal deficit […]

Popeye, spinach and iron

Popeye and his girlfriend Olive resulted in a 30% increase in the sales of spinach during the late 1930s. This association between spinach, it’s iron content and superhuman deeds caused deep psychological scarring in what was an otherwise unremarkable childhood. For hours I would sit at the dinner table moving my spinach from one side […]

Cows Milk Protein Allergy

  What is it ? When coming into contact with cow’s milk the most common abnormal reaction is a dermatitis that develops within the hour. This can be generalised or localised to the face and mouth area. Ocassionally the reaction is more severe, with the development of welts and hives and even problems breathing. Some […]

Dust Mite Allergy

  How does this allergy happen ? To be allergic you need to have a genetic tendency. Usually there is a family history of allergies. This tendency means that the immune system, instead of ignoring dust mite as non threatening, will react in an aggressive way. The proteins (allergens) from the dust mite collect in […]