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An open letter to all mums.

Dear Mums, I’ve been seeing you with your little one pretty consistently since they were born, making sure they’re well and you’re coping. But I must say, we do seem to be spending a lot more time together at this time of year. My appointment book each day is filled with names of mums and […]

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Is my 4 year old’s development on track?

Reaching the age of four is like climbing the first ladder of life. Kids are moving, talking, and living as little people, and at the top of this ladder they seem to take a big breath before tackling the next one that’s in their way. So just what should we be expecting from our four […]

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Meningococcal Vaccine (B&W) Update MAR19

Utter the words “meningococcal disease” and you’re sure to put the fear of God into any parent.  Listen in at any mothers group in the cafe, or scroll through facebook feeds and news outlets, and you’re sure to be left confused. Just what is all the fuss about?  Dr Sam discusses meningococcal disease and explains […]

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The Happiness Trap and other information!

The sh%t gets real theory! I’ve got this theory, everything gets real roughly around the time we turn 40. It certainly did for me. There’s no great science to it, rather an observation of life.  Our 20’s and 30’s seem pretty bloody simple.  We’ve generally got one decision or one issue at a time.  Will […]

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Fever, Colds, and Antibiotics

Being a parent is tough, especially when our kids get sick.  It’s hard to know when to relax, and when to panic.  When to rush to the doctor, or even the hospital. Parents see fever as the troublesome disease, urgently seeking reassurance and treatment from their doctors. “Fever is not an illness. It is a […]

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Do I really need to take my kids to Hospital?

As parents, you probably worked out very early on, that your little one didn’t come with a manual. If they did, it would make everything so much easier, especially when they’re sick. Imagine being able to flick to the “troubleshooting” page and, after one quick squiz, work out exactly what’s wrong, and if it’s serious […]

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13SICK

It’s Murphy’s Law. You’re never going to be right next to a petrol station when you run out of fuel. You’re never near a loo when you’ve really ‘gotta go’. And your little one is never going to be sick in normal waking hours, when you are prepared for anything and a trip to the […]

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Aussie blokes wake up – you’re letting the team down!

Aussie blokes wake up –  you’re letting the team down! A recent report has confirmed that male fertility is on the decline, and I’m sorry men, but it’s largely your fault.

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Food allergies in children.

In Australia, as with the rest of the world, food allergies are becoming increasingly more common in our kids.  And no one really knows why. Dr Sam sifts through the facts to discuss what all parents really need to know about food allergies. Food allergy can develop at any age, but is most common in […]

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Is your baby constipated?

I have a six month old, and WITHOUT doubt, the single, most frequent topic of conversation is poo – dissecting the daily passings of baby Clancy. And it’s no different everyday in my surgery looking after young families. The one issue that causes the most amount of angst is constipation.  So for baby Clancy’s mum […]

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Melanoma

Melanoma explained and exposed.

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Some of Dr Sam’s Kidspot articles from 2016

Dr Sam writes regularly for the popular lifestyle and parenting website Kidspot, and many of his articles can be found here.