Childrens Health

We Can't Ignore Obesity When The Going Gets Tough Politically

Professor John Wass | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Politics
Professor John Wass

We are calling on the new Government to be the one that finally turns the tide of childhood obesity. We are certain that it can be done with bold and decisive action. Ultimately politics is about creating a better future for our children. But we need them to be healthy enough to enjoy it.

Mum Urges Parents To Trust Their Instincts After Doctor Misdiagnosed Her Toddler

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Parents

A mum wants to remind parents that they are the greatest “experts” when it comes to their children, after a doctor wrongly dismissed her concerns ...

Are You Struggling To Balance Your Child's Diet?

Maria Khan | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Parents
Maria Khan

Similarly, only about half of the surveyed parents were aware that they should offer their toddler meat, fish, eggs, nuts and pulses two or three times a day despite it being the most important food group for iron, which one in eight toddlers don't get enough of in their diet.

The Very Real Effects Air Pollution Has On Your Health

Phillip Othen | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle

The World Health Organisation reports that each year 3.7 million people die prematurely from the effects of outdoor air pollution. 80% of air pollutio...

Why It's Important To Celebrate International Children's Day Every Day

Javed Khan | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

We support these children through services ranging from work in schools, where youngsters learn it's okay to talk and ask for help, to trauma focused practice. Through all our work we make them realise there is help out there, not just on International Children's Day but every day.

6 Questions Parents Have When Their Child Is Wetting The Bed

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Parents

Bedwetting may be a common childhood problem, but that doesn’t mean it is something that can just be brushed off by parents as a passing phase. Unde...

How To Reduce Your Child's Anxieties

Katie Woodland | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

But, trust me you're not even going to be bothered about winning the prize for yourself (no matter how competitive you are as a parent) - by day 14 just doing this will make your household a calmer, happier and more joyous place to be which is a phenomenal prize in itself!

Why Our Kids Need To Get Outside More

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Parents

More than one in nine children in England have not set foot in a park, forest, beach or any other natural environment for at least 12 months, accordin...

Why Telling Family Stories To Our Kids Is So Important

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Parents

Everyone has a story - and kids love hearing these family tales. Funny mishaps when they were younger (they love being the star character), how their ...

Parenting: Have You Taken On The Wrong Job Description?

Michelle McHale | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Parents
Michelle McHale

We can't protect our children from sadness any more than we can from joy. If we can love our children through all their moods, free of anxiety and responsibility-weary guilt, maybe we can become powerful models of self-acceptance and trust.

This Is Why You Shouldn't Google Your Child's Symptoms When They Are Ill

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Parents

Every parent is guilty of turning to Google to help answer those questions we’re pretty certain we should know the answer to; how many hours on the ...

How To Help A Child With A Mental Health Issue

Katie Woodland | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

So, for all you parents out there - knowing how to support your child may just be the difference between their recovery and a further decline in their mental health.

Rich White Men Celebrate After Voting To Strip Healthcare From Millions Of Sick People

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK

The Republican-led House on Thursday narrowly passed a bill to repeal and replace significant parts of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), leaving mi...

How Do I Know If It's A Seizure?

Laura Rutherford | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

Laughing was never something I ever associated with seizures. Then late one night when I was heavily pregnant with our daughter, Brody was asleep next to me and began laughing hysterically. I turned round to face him and he started having a clonic tonic seizure (I miraculously managed not to go into labour).

Enemy Number Mum

Stacey Oakes | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Parents
Stacey Oakes

I had no idea that having a child would make me feel this way. I knew I'd be tired and have general worries for her about the future and the world we live in but I never comprehended the wave of sheer terror that totally consumes me when I fear she is poorly. I did not sign up for this, how come nobody warned me!

Student Dies Amid Meningitis Outbreak At University

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education

The University of Surrey has launched a meningitis vaccination programme after a student died amid an outbreak of the infection on campus. First year...

The Lack Of Answers When Your Child Is Undiagnosed

Laura Rutherford | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

Or at least if they don't know the answers straight away, they will in the end. It's not easy to process the reality that they can't always figure things out. That there are unknowns and sometimes - no matter how many tests - some syndromes are so rare they are a needle-in-a-haystack hard to find.

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
James

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.