Who do you go to for parenting or medical advice for your kids?
Do you turn to ‘Dr Google’? Do you ask your Mum? Or maybe you chat with your mother’s group to see what they think? Is ‘this’ normal?
I’ve had a few conversations of late with other parents with kids at different ages and stages and a common theme of early intervention with things like sleep, diet & motor skills kept coming up. ‘Why didn’t you send your kids to sleep school?’ ‘Do you know that could be a sign that your child’s diet is deficient?’ & ‘How do you know when to worry?’ were all questions that were discussed in these friendly conversations. The main question that has stuck in my head is ‘when to worry’ followed by ‘who to ask’ as early intervention is vital in so many situations but there’s also lots of things that sort themselves out in time.
So is Dr Google the best place to start searching for answers? I would say probably not (even though we all can’t help ourselves!) However, there are a few websites with reliable information & local services that could help you decide how to manage behaviours, check medical symptoms or implement strategies to help your child. Here’s a few that we recommend.
Stop in at the City of Ballarat’s popular, free drop-in centre for change and feeding facilities in a toy-filled, friendly environment. General support and information about a range of services. With regular visits from Lactation Consultants, parenting advisors & MCHNs. www.ballarat.vic.gov.au/pc/family-and-children/parent-place.aspx
Maternal Child Health Nurse via City of Ballarat
General Practitioner (GP)
Ballarat Community Health Centre have 4 clinics in Ballarat and surrounds or see your regular GP. Phone BCHC on 5338 4585 or www.bchc.org.au/services/doctors-clinics
Parenting Support Services www.centacareballarat.org.au
Louise is a highly qualified and experienced clinician who assists all families experiencing perinatal and/or infant mental health concerns, parent-infant attachment issues, child health and development challenges, child behaviour, sleep and settling, breastfeeding or formula feeding and/or childhood nutrition concerns. www.louiseshalders.com.au
Ballarat Lactation Consultant
Aimee Carroll-Kierce offers unconditional support for families, to breast or bottle feed and parent with confidence and instinctual love. Specialising in counselling and lip . tongue tie feeding problems. Ph 0402279633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org www.ballaratlactationconsultant.weebly.com
Raising Children Network
Tips and tools for everyday parenting from pregnancy to teens. Scientifically validated content written in everyday language to help parents and carers make decisions that work for them in their individual circumstances. www/raisingchildren.net.au
Better Health Victoria
Provides health and medical information to improve the health and wellbeing of people and the communities they live in. Information is reliable, up-to-date, locally relevant & easy to understand.
The information aims to help people manage their health and medical conditions. It does not replace care provided by medical practitioners and other qualified health professionals. www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au
Nurse On Call
A telephone helpline that provides immediate expert health advice from a registered nurse, NURSE-ON- CALL can also give you information about health services in your area. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1300 60 60 24
Maternal Child Health Line
A statewide telephone service available every day of the year for Victorian families with children from birth to school age. Maternal and child health nurses can provide information, support and guidance regarding a range of issues including child health, nutrition, breastfeeding, maternal and family health and parenting. Phone 13 22 29
Now, we know that Dr Google isn’t going to go away, but hopefully this list gives you a headstart when you feel the need to find information on health and wellbeing services for your little darlings! Especially when you’re up worrying at 2 o’clock in the morning!
By Kathryn Kosloff BEChildED & GradCertRCD