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Everyday care

HSE article for Everyday care

Sleep routine for babies and young children

How to build a consistent bedtime routine that will help your child develop good sleep habits

Baby teething and gums

Teething symptoms appear from about 13 weeks on. Read how to identify and deal with your baby’s teething problems, what to expect, and when to get medical advice.

Winding and burping your baby

You will need to regularly wind and burp your newborn. Wind is air that your baby has swallowed when they were feeding, crying or yawning. Learn tips for winding your baby.

  • Children's nightmares and night terrors

    Learn about dreams that upset or frighten your child, what causes them, prevention and how to help your child.

  • Naps for babies and toddlers

    Naps are very important for babies and toddlers. Children usually continue to nap until around age 3. Read about when your baby or toddler should nap and how you can help them nap

  • How much sleep your child needs

    Every child has a different sleep pattern. Some babies need more or less sleep than other babies. Read about how much sleep your baby, toddler or child needs at each stage from their birth

  • Toilet training your child for night time

    How to toilet train your child at night and what to do when your child wets the bed

  • Thumb-sucking and soothers

    Find out why your child sucks their thumb or a soother, the effects this has on their development, and how to encourage them to stop.

  • Physical activity for children

    Find out how to keep your child fit and active and why it’s important to their development.

  • Caring for your child's teeth

    How to care for your baby’s teeth and how to prevent tooth decay.

  • Caring for your baby's skin

    A newborn baby's skin is much thinner and more sensitive than adult skin. Skincare concerns are common for newborns, so don't worry. These practical tips will help you care for your baby's skin.

  • Why babies cry

    Babies cry for many reasons. Crying is your baby's way of communicating with you that they need something. Learn about a number of reasons your baby may be crying.

  • Toddler temper tantrums

    How to deal with toddler temper tantrums and what to do if your child has started shouting, biting or kicking.

  • Time-out - help your child behave a better way

    Time-out can help your child learn a better way to behave when they are feeling frustrated or angry. Find out how time-out can be used to help discipline a child who is misbehaving.

  • Children and fussy eating

    Find out why your child is a fussy eater and what you can do to help them eat properly.

  • Bathing your baby

    It is important to bathe your baby correctly in order to keep them safe. Adult supervision is necessary for your baby at all times. Read tips and a step-by-step guide on how to safely bathe your baby.

  • Sleep routine for babies and young children

    Your baby or child's sleep routine will change as they grow. Find out how much sleep they'll need from newborn to age 2 and how to help develop a sleep routine.