Child Health

Threadworms: 10 Truths for Rookie Parents

Helen Redding | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Redding

Christmas. A time for giving and receiving. This year, I would like to thank Santa for the gift of threadworms. My kids asked for a hamster but worms were an interesting alternative. To be honest, nits would have been preferable and I never thought I'd hear myself say that.

Toddler Lost The Ability To Talk Just After She Learned Her First Word

PA Real Life | Rebecca Lewis | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Parents

A toddler has become "locked in her own body" after developing a rare genetic condition. Isabelle Barnett, two, had just learned to say her first w...

A Lesson in Supporting Victims of Child Abuse

Fiona Smith | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

Everyone who works with children wants to help and protect them. But as a recent report revealed that only one in 8 cases of child sexual abuse is being reported, something is clearly not working.

Call the Midwife! Citizens Demand the Right to Safe Births for Every Woman, Everywhere

Laura Robson | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Laura Robson

As civil society groups advocate for progress on maternal and child health at the World Health Assembly this week, recent experiences in Madagascar demonstrate how community mobilisation can bring about positive change.

Walking to School: One Way to Defuse the Childhood Obesity Timebomb

Joe Irvin | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Parents
Joe Irvin

Over the next 10 years, pupil numbers are going to increase. The walk to school is in long-term decline and it would impact greatly on future generations if something so vital to the health of our children became a thing of the past.

Education Transforms

Pauline Rose | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics
Pauline Rose

People around the world know that education is the key to a better life. Voters from over 190 countries who responded to the United Nations My World survey said providing a good education for all was the best way to build a better world. There's a huge gap between that goal and reality, however: 250million children are still being denied a chance to learn the basics.

Every Mother Deserves Our Care

Geeta Bandi-Phillips | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Geeta Bandi-Phillips

While following news on the royal birth, I started to think about the mothers whom I have met in the developing world. Every mother I've met has shared stories: happy stories of joyful babies, tough stories of having little to eat while pregnant or walking for miles to reach a hospital while in labour.

Progress for Family Planning but 16Million Adolescent Pregnancies Left Behind

Professor Joy Lawn | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK
Professor Joy Lawn

There are more adolescent pregnancies than ever before: 16million girls under the age of 18 give birth each year, 95% of which are in low and middle income countries. One in three girls in these countries will be pregnant by their 20th birthday, and many are unplanned.

Breastfeeding Early Could 'Save Lives'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle

The lives of 95 babies could be saved every hour - 830,000 a year - if new mothers started breastfeeding their newborns in the "power hour" immediatel...

A Golden Moment to End a Golden Summer

Adrian Lovett | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK Politics
Adrian Lovett

Our Olympic and Paralympic heroes deserved every bit of the great parade we saw last week. But why didn't this celebration happen again yesterday? That's when the UN announced that the number of children dying each year under the age of five has fallen by 41% since 1990. While 12 million died in 1990, just under seven million lives were lost in 2011. That's 14,000 a day less than were dying in 1990. The progress made in reducing child deaths must be one of the biggest success stories of the last decade. Yet there was no tickertape parade.

Why Do Contraceptives Save Lives?

Peter Byass | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK
Peter Byass

In reality, every single woman who gets pregnant takes a risk. There are lots of ways of viewing the risks, but let's look at the ultimate bad outcome - women who die as a result of being pregnant.

The New Faces Fronting The Fight Against Child Obesity

PA | Posted 05.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Jamie Oliver and Steven Gerrard have joined forces with leading figures in health and education to ask the Government to fight obesity through cookery...

Blog it For Babies

Ruth Dawkins | Posted 18.04.2012 | UK Politics
Ruth Dawkins

It is always heartening to see bloggers unite around a cause, and never more so than when it's mum and dad bloggers.

'Off The Health Radar' - Indigenous Peoples Suffer Vast Health Inequalities

Corinna Heineke | Posted 12.10.2011 | UK
Corinna Heineke

Imagine you're a woman in labour and the midwife refuses to or cannot speak to you in your own language. Not only that, but she won't allow you to give birth in a position you prefer.

Babies Should Get Life-Saving Heart Screenings, Say Researchers

PA | Posted 04.10.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- All newborn babies should be routinely screened for life-threatening heart defects using a simple and painless test, researchers ...

Coeliac Disease is a Global Problem

Peter Byass | Posted 28.09.2011 | UK
Peter Byass

Historically, many diseases were first recognised in a particular place and later found on a wider basis. For coeliac disease and gluten intolerance, it's only fairly recently that the problem has been recognised globally