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Unsettled babies clinic

  • About the clinic

    The Unsettled Babies Clinic at the Centre for Community Child Health was established to support parents and infants aged 6 months or younger with common infant concerns including crying and sleeping difficulties.  Patients are bulk billed for their consultations and therefore will need a referral from their general practitioner.  The clinic provides one-on-one consultations but does not provide day stay or overnight stays.

    About unsettled babies

    Up to 20% of parents report problems with their baby's crying in the first few months of life whilst up to 30% report problems with sleep including difficulties settling their baby to sleep at the start of the night and re-settling them overnight.  Many parents feel exhausted and sometimes frustrated by these issues which may or may not have a medical cause.

    At the clinic, we aim to identify and treat medical causes of infant crying, discuss normal infant sleep and crying patterns, offer parents management strategies to encourage infant settling, help parents to better cope with infant crying, mobilise support for parents and screen for postnatal depression.  Clinic staff include consultant paediatricians and senior paediatric trainees.  There may be teaching and research activities in the clinic.

  • Make an appointment

    To make an appointment for this clinic, a referral from the child's doctor needs to be forwarded to the Community Child Health Specialist Clinic.

    Forward a referral to the clinic via:

    Fax: (03) 9345 5034

    Phone: (03) 9345 6180

    Please note, before making an appointment:

    • You must have a referral from a doctor. Please note that a referral from your GP is valid for 12 months and a referral from a specialist is valid for three months. This must be forwarded to the clinic before an appointment can be made.
    • You will be asked if the child has a UR number (Unit Record Number) from The Royal Children's Hospital. If the child has attended The Royal Children's Hospital before, they will have a UR number. If the child has not attended The Royal Children's Hospital before, registration details will be completed at the first visit.

    Once the referral has been received, the child's family will receive a letter in the mail inviting them to make an appointment time.

    Contact Clinics

    All clinics are held at the Specialist Clinics of the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne.  

    Visit the Specialist Clinics page for more information.


 

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.