Childrens Health

Junk Food 'Destroying Health Of A Generation Of Children'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The health of an entire generation of children could be "destroyed" by a diet of junk food and lack of exercise, doctors have warned. As a result,...

Babysitting an Addict

Deborah Weitzmann | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Tech
Deborah Weitzmann

Childhood should be an important phase to learn about oneself and the people around you, while expanding your mind and attention spans through playful exploration. Little imagination, creativity or skill goes into surfing the web, watching mindless YouTube videos, using social media and playing virtual games.

What Babies Can Do By Their 1st Birthday

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It's hard to believe it was only a year ago that the the world's press was camped outside St Mary's Hospital in London straining for a glimpse of the ...

Five Fun and Easy Ways to Promote Self-Esteem in Your Kids

Emma Letessier | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Letessier

Research has shown that children who have a healthy level of self-esteem and confidence learn faster and achieve better academically than children described as having low self-esteem. There are a multitude of reasons why a child might suffer from low self-esteem but in general it's caused by the beliefs that they hold regarding their own self-image...

Is What Your Children See on TV Destroying Their Health?

Sandra Roycroft-Davis | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sandra Roycroft-Davis

IMAGINE you find your children watching a TV programme that portrays smoking, drinking and drug-taking as normal everyday behaviour. What will your reaction be?

How Barbie Helps Kids Come To Terms With Cancer

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Coming to terms with cancer is hard for adults, so imagine how difficult comprehending the illness must be for children. But thankfully there's an...

Are We Missing the Real Villain When It Comes to Sugar?

Nigel Denby | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nigel Denby

Britain - nay the world is on the verge of demonising vital, healthy foods that kids need in their diets. Fruit, fruit juice and milk are not the enemy when it comes to the sugar debate. If we're not careful Mum's are going miss the point altogether and will dump these nutrient packed foods in the bin along with the cola, sweets and chocolate. ..

Contact Lenses, Suitable for Ages 8+

Brendan O' Brien | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Brendan O' Brien

The age profile of contact lens wearers has changed very markedly over the past 10 years and particularly within the past 2 years. Ten years ago, the age demographic was probably 16-40 years. Now it is more like 8-80 years.

Children's Hospice Week - Busting the Myths of Palliative Care

Rachel Braier | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Braier

Today marks the start of Children's Hospice Week - seven days of awareness raising, highlighting the vital care and support that these services provide to seriously ill children and their families.

The End of Innocence

Lynne Parker | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lynne Parker

A few days later my friend took me aside at school to show me his latest letter to her which implied more of a relationship than was acceptable to our adolescent sensibilities. He professed undying love with the first glimmer of what he would like to do to her behind the elephant house!

What Has Brazil Learned From South Africa as the FIFA World Cup Approaches?

Beth McLoughlin | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Sport
Beth McLoughlin

I am here in Brazil investigating the effects on children, and so far I have seen children suffer from health problems and miss out on school due to evictions and event-related works, while FIFA is set to make $4bn from the tournament. Many have been rehoused, but they are now hours away from their schools and from hospitals and other essential services...

Food Revolution Day 2014 #FRD2014

Danny McCubbin | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny McCubbin

Someone said to me in the office the other day that perhaps in the future people will look back at this time in history and compare our current obesity crisis as the same way that we now view the harm that smoking cigarettes causes. "Why did we not do more about educating our children about good food and how to cook it?" we might be saying.

Exposing Your Baby To Germs Could Help Prevent Asthma

PA | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

As a new parent, your instinct can be to wrap your baby up in cotton wool and shield them from the world. But new research suggests that bugs invad...

If Our Children Don't Lose Weight and Exercise More, We'll Be Extinct Like the Dinosaurs

Sandra Roycroft-Davis | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sandra Roycroft-Davis

In Britain, almost a third of 10 and 11-year-olds and over a fifth of four to five-year-olds are either overweight or obese. This week, it was revealed that one patient in seven in Britain's NHS hospitals has diabetes... The warning signs could not be any clearer. The trouble is, who's listening?

Could Schools Do More to Encourage Physical Activity?

Dr Adam Carey | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Adam Carey

From early childhood education, right through to Secondary school, teachers are under pressure to drill reading, writing, and math deep into their students' brains -- and there are only so many hours in the school day. What is often forgotten is teaching the importance of physical activity and leading a healthy lifestyle.

Forget 'Organic' For Under 5's!

Nigel Denby | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nigel Denby

I'm a registered dietitian and run an Early Years' nutrition project working with tens of thousands of under 5s in the UK. And I'm sick and tired of Yummy Mummies bringing their fads and fancies into the Nursery, forcing their growing children to endure their parents latest 'craze'.

Three Simple Rules for Easy Parenting

Karen Pine | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Pine

Research shows that adults who can delay gratification and regulate their behaviour are more likely to be high achievers. They're also the savers with long-term plans, quietly gloating over the live-it-up splurgers.

Why Fitspiration Month Is Also About Our Children

Kiran Chug | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

Put simply, if we don't get out there with our kids, if we don't take them to the playground, take them swimming, take them for walks - do anything active that we enjoy - they won't want to do it when they are older. If we don't make being active a way of life, they won't be active later in life.

Don't Give Junk Food Marketers a Place on the Sofa

Maura Gillespie | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maura Gillespie

You might not even realise it, but junk food marketers sneak unhealthy products into our homes every day. How? They find a way in through our TV screens, laptops, and smartphones.

How Can Parents Get 'Screen Time' Right for Their Children?

Pete Low | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Tech
Pete Low

"Screen time" is a term bandied around our house on a daily basis. "Is it screen time day daddy?" "Can we have screen time if we behave?" There's a lot of concern about the impact that screen time, and gaming in particular, is having on children today.

Smoking With Fury, Smoking With Ignorance

Jane Sparrow | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Politics
Jane Sparrow

The 'debate' this week in Parliament regarding smoking in cars with child passengers had me hanging my head in disbelief. We are talking about an activity that puts more than 4,000 chemicals into the air, a number of which are known to cause cancer. Why are we debating it at all... and why are people in our government still opposing it?

Should It Really Be Illegal to Smoke in a Car When You Have a Child in the Car? How Will It Be Enforced and What is Next?

Dr Nicholas M. Almond | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Nicholas M. Almond

Any sensible adult knows that one should not smoke around children and especially when one is in an enclosed space such as a car or even in the same room; however do we really need legal legislation for this? There are a number of issues that we need clarification on, but we also must ask how the police are going to enforce this law?

Changing the World With Data

David Bull | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
David Bull

Twenty five years ago the world made a promise to children - a promise enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We promised every child the right to survive and be healthy, the right to an education and the right never to be subjected to violence. Through the use of data, we can tell where and how far those promises are, and are not, being kept and identify what more needs to be done to fulfil them.

Five Ways to Get Your Children Out Walking

Andrew White | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew White

Getting children into walking at a young age can influence their habits in later life - hopefully leading to a healthier, more active lifestyle. So how can you get your young ones interesting in walking? Here are my top 5 ways to get your children out walking...

The Day I Found My Voice: Becoming the Father My Family Needed

Steve Edwards | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Edwards

There were nights the crying got so bad, I hoped my son would stop breathing altogether. There were worse nights than that. And the guilt I felt- for those thoughts, and for my inability to help my son- further fuelled my suffering. I felt as though I deserved to hurt. Then one day in our son's second year, my wife convinced me that we should take him to the clinic...