Childrens Health

Nutrition For Active Children

Sarah West | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah West

School-age children (aged 6 to 16) generally need between 1,600 and 3,200 calories a day. Those who consume healthy, well-balanced meals and snacks will get all the nutrients needed to perform well in sports, with no additional calories required.

Healthy Eating For Kids: What Counts As Five-A-Day?

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Parents

Fruit and vegetables are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including folate, vitamin C and potassium. They’re also an excellent source of diet...

Childhood And Adolescent Anxiety And Social Media

Dr Collette Isabel Stadler | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Collette Isabel Stadler

Today those same bedrooms are filled with technology connected to the world wide web, and chances are that one's moment of quiet catharsis is interrupted by a notification alerting you to the latest "selfie from paradise" posted by a classmate or colleague and adorned with requisite amount of hashtags.

MPs Vote Against Compulsory Sex And Relationships Education

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A parliamentary committee has voted against legislation that would make sex and relationships education (SRE) compulsory in schools- despite the fact ...

Dealing With Fussy Eaters

Sarah West | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah West

One of the biggest challenges many parents face is having a picky eater in the family. Many children become fussy with food around the age of 18-24 months, often forming the start of a long term battle for many parents.

How Poor Provision Of Mental Health Services Adds To The Risk Burden For Children In Care

Dr Collette Isabel Stadler | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK
Dr Collette Isabel Stadler

If you are a 65 year old male smoker with hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, and a family history of cardiovascular disease, the QRISK calculator informs ...

Obsessive Compulsive Parenting

Lucy Fisk | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Fisk

I am a mother to two boys aged five and six, I have always been told by other parents, family and people around me that boys are the easier sex to raise and that they give you far less worry than girls. I cannot say whether that is true as I will never be able to test the theory. However, I am genuinely concerned that I am totally mucking up something which is meant to be quite simple.

Mum Shares Harrowing Photos Of Daughter In Coma To Warn Teens About Dangers Of Ecstasy

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A mum has shared harrowing photos of her teenage daughter in a coma to warn young people about the dangers of taking drugs. Kerry Robinson’s 16-yea...

Why Today's Kids Can Be The Most Health-Conscious Yet

Trevor Hardy | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Parents
Trevor Hardy

This generation has already set the pace by drinking and smoking less than ever before. But with the rise of obesity it is now time for young people (and their parents) to take hold of the opportunities they have and create a truly healthy life.

Vitamin D And Babies: Everything Parents Need To Know

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Parents

France is suspending the sale of a vitamin D supplement after a newborn baby suffocated hours after being given it. The 10-day-old baby died at home o...

How Do You Say 'No' To Your Child Without Starting World War III?

Katie Woodland | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

In the parent training world this is the million dollar question (although unfortunately for my bank balance not literally). It's the number one thing I'm asked. How do I say no without starting World War 3?

Doctors Slam Company's Colourful Inhaler Cases As 'Dangerous'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Medical experts have branded a company developing colourful inhaler cases as “dangerous”. The French company, called Inhal Colors, is developing a...

Parents Warned: Why You Should Never Give Young Children Whole Grapes To Eat

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Parents

Parents are being warned about the dangers of children choking on whole grapes. Writing in the ‘Archives of Disease in Childhood’, doctors said wh...

What Is A Balanced Diet For Children?

Sarah West | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah West

As free childcare is extended, nurseries and pre-school settings provide an increasingly vital route to help get children off to the best start with food and nutrition. So what should hot meals and packed lunches be specifically based around, and which guidelines should parents and nurseries follow?

When Breast Is Not Always Best

Stacey Oakes | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Parents
Stacey Oakes

There is no support for mums who bottle-feed. There, I said it. I constantly see articles about how we need to have more support and help for breastfeeding mothers and how it needs to be more socially acceptable to feed your baby wherever you choose to.

Supplements For Children - Are They Necessary?

Sarah West | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah West

However, many children aren't consuming balanced, nutrient-dense meals. Picky eaters and children with food allergies or intolerances often don't consume sufficient calories or are reliant on highly processed convenience foods, which are deficient in the vitamins they need to grow and develop.

Hug Your Child! Study Reveals That Hugs May Prevent Illness

Eva Sakellaridi | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Parents
Eva Sakellaridi

Do you know that hugging may also prevent us from getting ill? I'm sure your first thoughts are: ''What? Oh, come on, give me a break; how can this actually be possible?''. Well, according to researchers it is! Let's see why:

Recommended Healthy Lunch Box Treats

Dr Sally Norton | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Sally Norton

Research shows how the overall energy intake of children increases while the diet quality decreases, as they move from toddlers to teens. Specifically under scrutiny were their snacking habits, which showed the greatest area of decline when it came to 'healthy choices'.

Unmasking Mental Illness In Children

Arthur Peirce | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

What there may need to be is a greater, wider understanding of how these causes affect the mental health of the children who suffer them. As, again, a great deal of childhood mental health problems are environmental rather than biological.

Hyper-masculinity, War And Intergenerational Trauma

Kenny Mammarella-D'Cruz | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kenny Mammarella-D'Cruz

Veterans with PTSD find it very difficult to deal with emotions like fear and sadness when they come up. They don't want to admit to themselves that they have those feelings, so they push them down and try to ignore them.

When 'Exhausted New Mum' Is A Halloween Costume, How Are We Getting Postnatal Support So Wrong?

Emily Street | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Parents
Emily Street

A photo that spread like wildfire online shows a young girl, dressed in a baggy sweat shirt and jogging bottoms, dark circles under her eyes, baby sick on her shoulder and looking thoroughly glum.

Ministers Need To Answer Questions Following Dispatches Investigation Into The Childhood Obesity Plan

Sharon Hodgson | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Politics
Sharon Hodgson

Since its publication in the summer, we have all had concerns about the final outcome of the Childhood Obesity Plan, but this week's Channel 4 Dispatc...

Britain's Weirdest Pregnancy Cravings Revealed

Emily Street | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Parents
Emily Street

I've heard it all, from ladies who tell me how desperate they are to drink blood to those who also end up with cravings for certain smells, like creosote on fence panels or for the aroma of their pet's feet.

Child Refugees Are Fleeing A War We Created - We Owe Them A Place To Live

Natasha Phillips | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Politics
Natasha Phillips

The first child refugees entering the UK experienced a mixed welcome last week. Around 70 children, 54 of them girls mostly from Eritrea travelled to ...

Why A Person's Death Should Never Be Painful

Clare Periton | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK
Clare Periton

Last Saturday 8th October marked World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, and this year the theme is 'living and dying in pain: it doesn't have to happen' - an important message on an even more important day. It has now been statistically proven that people who receive palliative care can live for longer.