MCH Line - FAQs

My baby won't settle

Babies are frequently unsettled in the early weeks and many parents worry that there may be something wrong. Babies may fuss or cry for about two hours a day on average, some rather more and some less. There is a wide range of normal crying. The amount of crying often increases until the baby is about six weeks old and then tends to settle a lot after three months. If your baby is crying she needs you to go to her and care for her.

For more information on baby's normal behaviour and how to help your baby settle, see:

I am worried my child has a temperature

What is a normal temperature and when should you worry about a fever?

The best way to take a child's temperature is under the arm, making sure there is good skin contact for 3 minutes. A normal temperature is up to 38 degrees Celsius.

Fevers are common in childhood and a raised temperature assists the child's defences against infection.

If your child is under 3 months and has a fever, you need to see a doctor.

If your child is older than 3 months and not premature, then you need to monitor the temperature and how your child is behaving.

If your child is active and eating and drinking well, there is no need to give Panadol or see a doctor straight away. Have your child in light comfortable clothing. Take your child to the doctors if the fever persists beyond 24 hours or they appear unwell or you are concerned.

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I am having trouble breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is the ideal way to feed your baby. It is convenient, free and has important health and nutritional benefits.

Not all mothers find that breastfeeding comes easily and it can take a while to adjust to for both the mother and baby. The best way to feed your baby is to allow the baby access to the breast frequently in the early weeks.

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