So what is happening in the pregnancy and parenting world this week?
Why should mums of pre-teen girls keep reading this post? Why are Victorian Health Authorities trying desperately to find a Melbourne dad who’s son bites his nails? Which aspects of car restraint laws are still confusing Australian parents? And what can you do to help the thousands of children born each year with congenital heart disease? Read on to find out more!
Win tickets to see ‘The Voice’ winner Harrison Craig live in concert!
Do you have a pre-teen daughter who’d love to see The Voice winner Harrison Craig in concert?
Now is your chance to impress her!
We are giving away six double passes to Harrison Craig’s More Than A Dream live in concert. That is one for a lucky winner in each of the following capital cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide and Perth.
Be quick and enter our Harrison Craig Live competition now!
Search on for Melbourne dad who was sold poison to stop child biting nails
A man who was accidentally sold a deadly poison to stop his son biting his nails is urgently being tracked down by Victorian Health Authorities.
The father bought the product from a pharmacy in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs on Tuesday, it was reported in The Age newspaper.
The product contains strychnine, which can cause muscular convulsions and potentially death by asphyxia. The father is being urgently sought out and urged to return the product immediately and to not use it under any circumstances.
Aussie parents still confused over car restraint laws
Car restraint laws should be based on weight rather than age, according to the majority of Aussie parents.
In a recent survey by car seat manufacturer Britax, 82 per cent of respondents agreed that the use of restraints should be based on the size of the child, instead of their age.
The survey also highlighted that many parents remain confused about when a child is ready to graduate from a car seat and some are moved to the vehicle seat too early.
Of survey respondents who let their children travel in the vehicle seat (1.7%) secured only by a seat belt, more than half are aged four to six years (53%). Current Australian Road Rules require a child to be restrained in a compliant car seat until they are at least seven.
Britax Australia managing director Maurice McGrath says while this might seem like a small percentage it is still too many.
“We are calling on all parents to make this figure 0 per cent,” he says.
“Many seven year olds are not yet tall enough to move into the vehicle seat once they reach the legal age to do so, it then becomes a decision that parents need to make at their own discretion to ensure their child is travelling safely.”
Signs that your child is NOT ready for the vehicle seat include: the lap belt sits across their abdomen; the seat belt crosses their face or neck; the child slumps and wriggles during the journey.
Help buy a new echo machine for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
A gala fundraising dinner will help raise money for a new echo machine at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
Echo Machines carry a price tag in the vicinity of $400,000 and are not government funded. The Children’s Hospital at Westmead is in desperate need of a new machine so they can continue to save the lives of the many children born with congenital heart disease.
The 2013 Echo Gala Dinner will be held on September 13 in the Grand Ballroom of the Sydney Sofitel Wentworth.