- Fonterra - infant formula recall
- The Centre for Attachment - New Zealand
- The B4 School Checks - 2008
- Plastics and infant feeding - WHU January 2006
Fonterra - infant formula recall
The Ministry of Primary Industries Acting Director-General Scott Gallacher advises that the following Nutricia Karicare products cannot be ruled out as containing the contaminated batches of whey protein. He recommends these products should not be consumed and alternative brands should be used
- Karicare Stage 1 New Baby Infant Formula (from birth) – all batches
- Karicare Gold+ Stage 2 Follow On Formula (from six months ) – all batches
He has not been able to establish which specific batches of these products contain this whey protein or whether affected bataches are currently in any New Zealand retail store.Read more here or visit the Ministry of Health's website
The Centre for Attachment (CFA)
The Centre for Attachment (CFA) is a New Zealand-based agency dedicated to providing support, education and training for families, organisations and communities on optimal child development and attachment.
The B4 School Check is a nationwide programme offering a free health and development check for four year olds. Delivery of the Check started in four DHBs (Waikato, Nelson Marlborough, MidCentral and Lakes) in June 2008. The remaining DHBs across the country started delivery of the B4 School Check from September 2008.
The B4 School Check aims to identify and address any health, behavioural, social, or developmental concerns which could affect a child's ability to get the most benefit from school, such as a hearing problem or communication difficulty. It is the eighth core contact of the Well Child Tamariki Ora Schedule of services, and replaces the New Entrant Check that was offered in some areas.
For more information, refer to the links below.
- Information for parents
- Information for health sector
- Information for early childhood education services and teachers
Or for more information on the delivery of the B4 School Check in your area, contact your DHB's Key Contacts
What people are saying about the B4 School Check
The B4 School Check was trialled in the Whanganui and Counties Manukau DHBs from August to November 2007. The trial services were evaluated by an independent organisation to help fine tune the B4 School Check for introduction around the country in 2008. Parents of children who received the B4 School Check were asked what they thought about the service, and here are some of the results:
- Nearly all of the parents who participated (98%) indicated that they would recommend the programme to others.
- 92% reported high levels of satisfaction.
- Most parents (86%) reported high levels of confidence in the programme.
- 99% of survey participants felt that their child's check was completed in a culturally appropriate manner.
January 2006 Women's Health Update
There is growing concern about the potential health effects of plastics on babies and young children. Plastic products and packaging are everywhere; unfortunately many plastics contain harmful chemicals. Recently the US Public Interest Research Group released a report on the prevalence of toxic chemicals in baby products, "The Right Start: The Need to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals from Baby Products".1 The report found wide spread use of toxic chemicals in nine popular baby products. A 2004 study showed that bispheno-A, a compound found in many types of baby bottles, has the potential to cause structural abnormalities in human cells and inhibits their growth. Read More (pdf)
Ultrasound scans during pregnancy
This recently updated pamphlet includes information on what ultrasound is used for, the benefits and ethical and medical concerns, experts' views and useful contact groups Find here
Vitamin K does my new baby need it?This pamphlet gives information to help youmake a decision about whether to give Vitamin K to your new baby. It explains the benefits
and the possible risks. Find here
See also Breastfeeding