Childrens Health

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.

BBC Panorama Reveals Number Of Kids With Type 2 Diabetes Has Doubled

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Just 16 years ago, there had never been a single case of Type 2 diabetes among children in the UK. Fast forward more than a decade and the number of ...

Bye Bye Boozy Britain As No Alcohol Bars Show Drinking May Finally Be Going Out of Fashion

Lauren Booth | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Lauren Booth

In Britain we have reached the stage in our relationship with booze best summed up as can't live with it and unable to live without it. As Theresa Ma...

Give Families Breathing Space To Escape Debt Trap

Matthew Reed | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Matthew Reed

Children can't take out loans - but they can suffer the consequences of aggressive creditors all the same. The Children's Society is deeply concerned that bailiffs, utility companies and local councils who chase struggling parents over unpaid debts may be inflicting real damage to children's mental health.

Jamie Oliver Gives Theresa May A Roasting For 'Letting Down Every Child In Britain'

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK

Jamie Oliver has launched an excoriating attack on Theresa May’s childhood obesity plan, accusing her of coming up with “the same old bull that ha...

Mum Relieved Son Was Diagnosed With 'Hidden Vagina' After Years Of Health Problems

Caters | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Parents

A mum has spoken of her relief when her son was diagnosed with a ‘hidden vagina’ after years of complicated health problems. Leanne Owens, 40, had...

Let's Continue to Talk About Sepsis

Jude Coy | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jude Coy

If I'd have been more educated about the symptoms of sepsis I would definitely have seen my GP sooner and perhaps prevented myself from being as ill as I have been. I'm just grateful for how my doctor saw the signs and reacted appropriately. Let's hope today's guidelines encourage more GPs to do the same and prevent needless deaths.

Lessons in Mental Health

Fiona Smith | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK
Fiona Smith

We all remember our days at school - our teachers, our friends, the moment the bell rang for break time. As children it's where we spend most of our time, the place where we build not only our academic skills but our knowledge of life and how to live it. But for some children and young people this experience is not quite the same.

Stranger Saved 'Clinically Decapitated' Boy By Holding His Head In Place

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Parents

A four-year-old boy survived being “clinically decapitated” in a car accident thanks to a stranger who fought her urge to cradle him and instead h...

Smile! Caring for Your Family's Teeth is Essential for Health and Wellbeing

Professor Kevin Fenton | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Parents
Professor Kevin Fenton

Nobody likes toothache, and for most people, the thought of having a tooth taken out by the dentist is enough to make them brush twice a day. But there are lots of things that help improve oral health, including not smoking, watching how much you drink and eating a healthy diet, which will help to protect your general health as well.

Successful Schools Are Those Which Equip Students For All Of Life, Not Just Exams

James Downs | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK
James Downs

We don't need to look at rigorous scientific studies to know that the formative years of our lives are hugely important in determining how we will far...

A Matter of Mental Health: Why We Need to Take Action to Support Children

Jackie Brock | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Jackie Brock

Ahead of the Holyrood elections, taking place next month, we met with each of the main Scottish party leaders and were encouraged that there is widespread, cross-party agreement that more needs to be done in this area. Given the urgency of this issue, we need and expect a concrete commitment from the Scottish government following the election next month.

Want Your Child to Feel Good About Themselves? - Follow Five Golden Rules

Dr Kathryn Weston | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Kathryn Weston

Most parents intuitively know that children need to feel good about themselves to be happy and to progress in life - the same applies to adults - but practically speaking, how does this work? What do we need to be doing or saying to our children to ensure that they grow up to be happy adults, with a strong 'sense of self' and the ability to take on the world?

How Do You Explain a Terrorist Attack to a Child?

J.N. Paquet | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK Parents
J.N. Paquet

Sometimes, what we imagine can be worse than what we actually see. That's why expressing our feeling through writing or drawing can help free our mind, and so, help us to move on.

Nutritionists Say Sugar Tax Isn't Enough To Tackle Childhood Obesity

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Nutritionists have applauded the Government's decision to impose a sugar tax on soft drinks manufacturers, but have said more still needs to be done t...

The Importance of Safer Sleep for Babies

Fiona Smith | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Parents
Fiona Smith

Sleep - not normally a bad thing. In fact, for the parents of a young baby, it can be considered a godsend. But as a children's nurse I'm sadly all too aware that there can be a tragic side to sleep: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Start Active, Stay Active - Physical Activity for Children

Professor Dame Sally Davies | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Dame Sally Davies

The latest figures we have from 2012 show that children are becoming less active, with only 21% of boys and 16% girls meeting current guidelines of at least one hour of moderately intensive physical activity per day. This needs to change, because less active and healthy children generally go on to become less active and healthy adults...

Take Out the Tackle From School Rugby

Allyson Pollock | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Sport
Allyson Pollock

While it is not disputed that there are many positive things that come from this team sport, no studies have shown that benefits from this sport are greater than other sports and activities that do not involve collision. No study has weighed the harms against the benefits.