Childrens Health

We Need a Bold New Vision to Support Children in the Early Years

Kate Mulley | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Politics
Kate Mulley

A child's early years are vital to their chances later in life. Learning to walk and talk, starting to make friends and build relationships outside the immediate family and developing a desire for independence all happen in this period before school. Because this is such an important time, children and their parents need support.

Are the Kids Really Going Mad?

Dave Clements | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

"That's mad!" I thought as I read Future in Mind, a report published by the Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce. Set up ...

Life to the Full

Ally Paget | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Politics
Ally Paget

This research comes at a watershed moment for the relationship between charities and government. Life to the Full represents our plea for both to be ambitious - ambitious for what they can achieve when they work together, and ambitious for this too-long-overlooked group of children.

Why Essena O'Neill's Exposure of the Fakery of Social Media is a Good Thing

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Tech
Anniki Sommerville

She's posted comments on her photos that expose the hard work and effort that went into creating them. She argues that we shouldn't let the number of 'likes' define how we feel. And it feels like something that's been rumbling on under the glossy surface of our online lives for a while.

Reducing Sugar Will Improve Kids' Health In 10 Days

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Parents

Obese children who cut out sugar will see improvements to their health in just 10 days, a new study has found. Even when children did not lose weig...

Stopping Clocks Going Back Could Save Hundreds of Children's Lives

Paul Singh | Posted 24.10.2015 | UK
Paul Singh

The clocks going back on Sunday could cost hundreds of children's lives on UK roads in winter. Research by road safety company SmartWitness has shown that if we abolished putting the clocks back and persisted with British Summer Time throughout the whole year we would significantly reduce road casualties to pedestrians, cyclists and especially school-children.

My Child Has a Learning Disability - How Do I Prepare Her for a Hospital Stay?

Stephanie Nimmo | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Parents
Stephanie Nimmo

Here's my advice to anyone with a child with complex needs facing an impending hospital stay, it's what has worked for us as we support Daisy through these traumatic and stressful times...

It's Time to Take Children's Happiness Seriously

Peter Grigg | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Parents
Peter Grigg

Improving the wellbeing of children is about listening and taking concerns seriously. One way England could do this would be to follow the example of Northern Ireland and Wales, where every school has a counsellor.

A Driving Force for Good: the Ban on Smoking in Cars Carrying Children

Dr Penny Woods | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Penny Woods

Every week nearly half a million children are exposed to second-hand smoke in their family car in England and Wales. That's the equivalent of almost 15,000 classrooms full of kids being exposed to quantities of polluted air that not even Volkswagen would try and cover up.

The Shocking Plight of 330,000 Disabled Children in the UK

Fiona Smith | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

We cannot rely on charities: this needs to be a top priority for our Government and we need to find ways of working together to address this issue. It's no good having policy in place if it is not put into practice. The system needs to be overhauled and fast, if we are to provide the care and support that all disabled children and their families deserve.

The Future of Education

Anna Moody | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Parents
Anna Moody

Don't our children need to know how to 'give', how to assess risk, how to support each other, how to solve environmental concerns, how to work in teams, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses?

When It Comes to Mental Health, We Are Failing UK Children

Fiona Smith | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

Support for children with mental health issues is actually decreasing at alarming speed. £80m has been cut from the NHS mental health budget for children and adolescents in the past four years, including £35m in the last year alone. Without access to help and treatment, children's issues will only continue into adulthood - all the time developing into more serious conditions.

A Children's Food Fight and the Edinburgh Fringe

Jackie Kemp | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Parents
Jackie Kemp

Food is not just a real and necessary part of life; it also carries meaning. Eating together is a powerful thing. Recognising the rich symbolic, emotional, poetic resonance of food is important to children as well as adults.

Dad Creates Video Game About Young Son's Battle With Cancer

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A father has made a touching tribute to his son, who recently passed away after a long battle with cancer, by creating a video game in his honour. ...

Children First: We Must End London's Child Poverty

Ivan Massow | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

It's every Londoner's duty to create a city that cradles and nurtures our future generations. 4 in 10 children in London live in poverty. That's 597,...

Child-Minding - Britain's Latest Weapon in Beating Obesity

Nigel Denby | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Parents
Nigel Denby

I went to meet a Child-Minding Association in Northamptonshire with over 8oo registered Child-Minders providing essential care for up to 24,000 children. They are also responsible for an innovative project to set standards of excellence in Food and Nutrition for Early Years Home Child-Care.

PSHE: The Missing Link

Fiona Smith | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

The UK is shockingly behind other developed countries in terms of children's health outcomes, with five more children dying per day than in Sweden. So many health issues facing our children are preventable - yet the Government has just cut £200 million from public health spending and with it many of the resources we need to educate children about their health.

Can't Help Won't - Pathological Demand Avoidance SyndromeΩ

Neil Ayres | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Parents
Neil Ayres

A complex syndrome on the autism spectrum is receiving increasing attention from researchers and educators - those with the condition and their families hope that front-line clinicians won't be far behind.

Bereaved Mother Petitioning Health Secretary: 'I Am Heartbroken'

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Parents

A determined mother has started a petition, calling for health secretary Jeremy Hunt to test pregnant women for Group B Strep (GBS) to pre...

Powerful Photos Show Teen Girl Overcoming Extreme Scoliosis

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Hannah was just nine years old when she started wearing a back brace everyday. She'd developed severe idiopathic scoliosis, which is curvature of t...

Combatting Children's Exam Stress

Jayne Morris | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Parents
Jayne Morris

Exam season can be a challenging time for students, parents and teachers alike. While it is important for a child to feel positive encouragement to help them feel motivated to study, over-scheduling and excessive emphasis on getting good grades can result in overwhelm and unhealthy levels of stress.

Chicken Pox: Symptoms And Treatments

Parentdish UK | Pip Jones | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Parents

What is it?Chicken pox (or varicella for its medical name) is caused by a herpes virus and, although usually mild, it is incredibly infectious, ...

Healthy, Happy Children - It's SO Simple

Hilary Wilce | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Parents
Hilary Wilce

Because these are our children, and the problems they are exhibiting are ones we are giving them (and by we, I mean all of us living in the developed world - these problems cross countries and continents).

Free Medicine - Think About It!

Kerry Gibb | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Parents
Kerry Gibb

I hope that this information going public has made someone's life that little bit easier now. Someone who does struggle to buy medicine for their children as there will be people out there who do need this help.

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.