Childrens Health

Why We Can't Afford To Reduce Children's Mental Health To A Question Of Economics

Prof Dame Sue Bailey | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK
Prof Dame Sue Bailey

When so many of the different challenges facing children and young people intersect with mental health, there are no easy answers. If we're going to rise to what is arguably the definitive challenge of our time, we will need a cross-sector, whole society approach to tackling it.

How To Tell If Your Child Is Sick Enough To Stay Off School

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Parents

“Mum, please don’t make me go to school today? I don’t feel well.” Does this sound heart-sinkingly familiar? Of course, as a parent you know y...

Speak Up - Shatter The Silence

Sarah Zafar | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Zafar

Child abuse - a social taboo, which many pretend does not exist. However, even scarier and deadly, when your own child keeps silent about it. What h...

A Mum's Experience Of Abuse

Jennifer Gilmour | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents
Jennifer Gilmour

Having children changes your life in so many ways, not least because you acquire a protective instinct that makes you want to protect them from harm or hurt. I remember feeling this protectiveness instantly when my first child was born.

Children Have So Much To Gain From Exploring Language - Let's Help Them Get On The Right Path Early On

Anne Longfield | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK
Anne Longfield

When we talk about children receiving a good start in education there is sometimes an assumption that they all begin primary school on an equal footing. But children can grow up at a very different pace and in particular those who don't develop communication skills early on can face an uphill battle to catch up.

Why I Feed My Baby Cake

Lorna Farrell | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Parents
Lorna Farrell

Now let's get one thing straight, you have every right to not allow your children to eat anything containing sugar of any sort. You get to do your research and make the decision about what healthy eating looks like for your family and I promise I will never give your toddler a sneaky forbidden "treat" behind your back. But can we tone down the judgement a little (OK, a lot)?

My Three Year Old Needs Glasses: Why Am I So Upset?

Catherine Wiltcher | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK Parents
Catherine Wiltcher

I took the children for their first eye test last week. On reflection, I was more concerned about toddler meltdowns than the end result, and we were all looking forward to piling into a cafe afterwards for two babyccinos and a (self-congratulatory) mummy latte.

Mental Health - Why Don't We Talk About It?

James | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education

If any of us can intercept that trouble along the way, be it for ourselves or for others, then maybe we will feel more relaxed talking about mental health. Mental illness and fears are okay. They are an issue and not an identity. It's time we talk about it.

The Children's Eating Disorder More Common Than Anorexia And Bulimia

Dr Terence M. Dovey | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Parents
Dr Terence M. Dovey

What most people call a picky eater is actually a bunch of three separate problems. Two of these are normal. One is a psychological disorder. The term 'picky eater' trivialises the everyday struggle faced by people with ARFID and those around them.

Government Plan To Prevent Child Obesity Is 'Severely Limited', Medical Experts Claim

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Parents

The government’s plan to prevent child obesity is “severely limited”, a team of experts has claimed in an article published in the British Medic...

5 Lessons Learned From 'Staying Healthy: A Doctor's Guide'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

If you’re struggling to steer clear of the office lurgy - or any other virus, for that matter - then Channel 4’s ‘Staying Healthy: A Doctor’s ...

Top Tips For Healthy School Lunches

Sarah West | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah West

Sandwiches are the obvious choice for packed lunches, but the nutritional content depends largely on the filling. Spreads such as jam and honey have high sugar content and are low in protein, which is essential for growing tissues

Scarlet Fever Cases Increase In Spring, So Here's What To Look Out For

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Parents

Scarlet fever cases in children can increase during spring, so it’s important parents know what to look out for. The condition, sometimes referred ...

Father Shoots Son

Lee Carnihan | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK
Lee Carnihan

It was early afternoon on a sunny Friday in the summer holidays. My dad had taken some time off work to look after me and my brother while mum was a...

A Budget For Those Who Are Just About Managing To Survive

Barbara Gelb | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics
Barbara Gelb

As the mother and carer of Stanley appealed 'they just don't get it... Stanley needs that support now... it is unlikely that he will live till three.' The change required to support these families would amount to £5-6million a year. It would support and improve the lives of 1,500 children.

Mentally Ill Children Must Be Supported Instead Of Being Ignored

Javed Khan | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

As well as one-to-one counselling we want the issue of children's mental health to be discussed throughout school, including at assemblies. This will ensure youngsters know it's something they can talk about, as well as allow them to learn and develop self-confidence, a secure understanding of their own wellbeing, and techniques to look after themselves and others.

Children Are Meant To Be Happy, But Some Of Them Aren't

Susie Weaver | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Parents
Susie Weaver

But what you don't know is that boy who just passed you on the escalator, he may look like any other teenager, shopping with his mates on a Saturday. But he harms himself in his room, when his parents think he is studying for his exams.

One Child Every 11 Minutes Contacted Childline For Mental Health Issues Last Year

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 05.02.2017 | UK Parents

More than 50,000 young people were counselled by Childline for serious mental health issues last year, the charity has revealed. The statistics, relea...

Somebody Like Me: Young People's Tales Of Body Image Anxiety

Liam Benjamin Preston | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Benjamin Preston

I wanted to share with you some of the words of the young people who took part. They spoke about the pressures from society, school, celebrities, the media and their families. Alongside dealing with the challenges of just growing up, one area which was mentioned frequently was the sheer relentless of the body image pressures they faced:

Air Pollution And Children: What Parents Need To Know

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Parents

Air pollution has reached high levels in eight regions across the UK, according to the government. Greater London, the south east and eastern England ...

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.