Childrens Health

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.

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?