Child Health

Babies Are Being Tested To See If Their Mums Drank While Pregnant

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Parents

Newborn babies in Scotland are being tested for alcohol after concerns have been raised about pregnant women drinking regularly. Researchers at the Pr...

Girl Has Leg Broken Three Times A Day To Avoid Amputation

PA Real Life | Amy Packham | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Parents

Warning: Some readers may find the photos in this article graphic. A couple agreed to have their daughter's leg broken three times a day for four mo...

Four-Year-Old's Diabetic Alert Dog Is A True Hero

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Parents

A four-year-old girl with diabetes was saved by her alert dog when her blood sugar levels dropped at school - even though the pair were five miles apa...

Parents Urged To Vaccinate Against This 'Highly Infectious Illness'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Parents

Parents are being urged to vaccinate their children against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) as it has been revealed approximately 24,000 kids miss ou...

Smacking Does 'More Harm Than Good', Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Parents

Children who are spanked or smacked are more likely to exhibit aggression and mental health problems as they grow up, a large-scale study has found. R...

Seven-Year-Old Boy Couldn't Close His Eyes For Three Years

PA Real Life | Amy Packham | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Parents

A seven-year-old boy is battling a rare skin condition that prevented him from being able to close his eyes properly for three years. Zeeshan 'Zee' Y...

Just Another Week in Global Health?

Aaron Oxley | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Aaron Oxley

This is a special week in Global Health. The World Health Organisation recognises a total of 14 "World Health Days" every year. The usual suspects of...

How To Spot Common Childhood Food Allergies

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Parents

Childhood food allergies are on the increase and are fast becoming a "modern epidemic", according to a national charity. Almost one in 12 young childr...

Girl Who Lost Limbs To Meningitis Wins National Trampolining Competition

SWNS | Amy Packham | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Parents

A girl who lost both her arms and legs to meningitis is jumping for joy after winning her category in a national trampolining competition. Izzy Weall...

Mum Pleads For Parents Not To Bring Dogs To School For Important Reason

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Parents

A mother is urging parents not to bring their dogs into school because it could cause her son to have an anaphylactic shock. The mum, from Sleaford, a...

Kids Given Asthma Inhalers 'Like Fashion Accessories', Experts Claim

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Parents

Children are being wrongly diagnosed with asthma and inhalers are being given out "like fashion accessories", medical experts have warned. Professor A...

Fruit Drink Bottles Can Contain More Sugar Than Kids Should Consume In A Day

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Parents

The sugar content of many fruit drinks marketed to children - including natural fruit juices and smoothies - is "unacceptably high", the British Medic...

Junk Food Advertising Should Be Banned Near Schools, Says LGA

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Parents

Local communities should be given the freedom to ban junk food advertising near schools, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said. The LGA, whi...

Girl, 5, Partially Paralysed After Practising Gymnastics At Home

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Parents

An at-home gymnastics session took a devastating turn when a five-year-old girl suffered spinal injuries that left her paralysed from the waist down. ...

Antibiotic Resistance In Children Could Render Some Treatments 'Ineffective'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Parents

Antibiotic resistance in children with urinary infections is high, which means some antibiotics may become ineffective as treatments, a new study sugg...

Junk Food Adverts Could Be Banned From Children's Content Online

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Parents

Junk food advertising could be banned from children's content streamed online in a bid to tackle childhood obesity, the UK's advertising watchdog has ...

Flu Outbreak: Schools Issue Guidance To Parents

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK Parents

A flu outbreak in England has prompted some schools in the South West to issue guidance for parents to keep children off school for a week if they are...

Rise In Prescriptions Of Anti-Depressants For Children A 'Concern'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Parents

The number of children in the UK prescribed anti-depressants increased by more than 50% between 2005 and 2012, according to a new study. The World ...

Mum's Heartbreaking Warning About Kids' Food Allergies

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Parents

A mother has written a heartbreaking blog post warning new parents about the potentially fatal effects of children's food allergies. Jenny Taylor,...

Parents Read Letter 11-Year-Old Son Wrote Before He Died From Cancer

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Before he died, 11-year-old Finlay Church wrote a heartfelt letter telling others what it was like to have cancer. Now, just four months after his...

Half A Million Children May Have Been 'Wrongly' Diagnosed With Asthma

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Parents

More than half of children diagnosed with asthma do not have the condition and are receiving unnecessary treatment, new research suggests. Despite ...

Baby Powder Has Been Linked To Ovarian Cancer, But Is Talc Safe?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

For years talcum powder has been a bathroom cabinet staple for many families around the world. But on Tuesday, a US jury ordered Johnson & Johnson ...

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.