Childrens Health

Forget 'Organic' For Under 5's!

Nigel Denby | Posted 22.04.2014 | 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 15.04.2014 | 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 02.04.2014 | 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 21.03.2014 | 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 10.03.2014 | 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...

Child Abuse Will Continue Until We Rethink Children's Rights

Jennifer Izaakson | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jennifer Izaakson

We live in a society where children are constantly told to "do as their told" without explanation. The mantra "always do as adults say" passed down for generations. So when that means being told to put up with forced sexual activity by an adult and staying quiet about it, guess what sometimes happens?

Court Decision to Force MMR Wasn't in Child's Best Interest

The Conversation UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
The Conversation UK

The decision is controversial, not just because both children were considered together despite their different ages, but because the 15-year-old had already received the initial MMR vaccine and the next vaccination would be a booster shot.

The Four Pillars of a Healthy and Happy Child's Life

Chris Mayhew | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Mayhew

Any parent will know that their child needs a balance of a number of things in order to develop into a healthy and happy person, but as figures regarding child obesity are becoming more and more alarming; are we neglecting these important life pillars?

How a Healthier Lifestyle Change Can Improve the Way You Learn in Education

Daniel Kendal | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel Kendal

It's unlikely anyone can deny the positive benefits that can be gained by adopting a healthy lifestyle. We have been shown by scientists over the years how a healthy balanced diet can help to stave off a host of ailments and diseases...

Day of the Girl: Why Defeating Malaria Is About More Than Just Saving Lives

James Whiting | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
James Whiting

Friday is the Day of the Girl - a moment to recognise that children, especially girls, despite their own enormous determination, often face insurmountable challenges to fulfilling their potential. They face wholly undeserved social, cultural and economic barriers. Although there are more obvious girl-specific barriers, in much of Africa malaria is one of the greatest single obstacles to the fulfilment of a girl's potential - and one of the cheapest to remedy. Not only is it one of the biggest killers of children under five (around half a million children a year in Africa), but for those who survive the bout of malaria, it can be recurrently debilitating for years afterwards.

Cocaine Use During Pregnancy Risks Poor Brain Health And Behaviour

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Prenatal cocaine exposure affects both behaviour and brain. Animal studies have shown that exposure to cocaine during in utero development causes nume...

The 500m Nature Trail

David Bond | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

My children are back at school today. It makes me feel guilty. After a summer of walking and frolicking, suddenly I have to decant them into the car and ferry them around. I know I shouldn't. But it is just too far for them to walk (especially for the 4-year-old).

Too Poor for Nature

David Bond | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

These three million children are not just growing up in material poverty, but in environmental poverty. They can not afford nature... Children growing up in deprived areas are more likely to be underweight at birth, and obese in their teens. They are at much greater risk from accidental injury in the home and tend to perform worse at school.

The Real Stranger Danger

David Bond | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

There's a danger that our obsession with stranger danger will make us uncomfortable around children. A few years ago, a poll commissioned by Play England found that 44% of men would hesitate before helping a child in distress for fear of being thought a paedophile. This is insane.

Fat Kids Doped Up on Ritalin

David Bond | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

In a new report the British Heart Foundation revealed that 80% of children are not eating the recommended five portions of fruit and veg a day. Half eat chocolates, sweets and fizzy drinks each day. Combine that with the fact that the majority of children do not get the recommended hour of exercise per day, and you've got a perfect recipe for childhood obesity, chronic heart disease and early death.

Why Are Children Disappearing From Britain's Streets?

PA | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK

Children are "disappearing from our streets", charities have warned after a poll found that unwelcoming communities are preventing children from playi...

Why Is Children's Blood Pressure On the Rise?

PA | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle

A pattern of rising blood pressure among children and young teenagers could be linked to salt, research has suggested. Scientists in the US found t...

Divorce - How to Tell the Children

Soila Sindiyo | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Soila Sindiyo

Depending on the age of the child, this moment might be something that they will always remember - the time you told them that you, mummy and daddy, were going to live separately. It is therefore critical that the news is conveyed with caution.

Children Heart Surgery Unit Closures Suspended

PA | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK Politics

Plans to close three children's heart surgery units have been suspended by the Health Secretary. Jeremy Hunt said that plans to close the units in ...

Keeping your Kids Healthy!

Natasha Corrett | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Corrett

Spending time with my friends children, my nieces and nephews, makes me much more aware of the kinds of foods that are easy to prepare and that satisfy them, but the biggest question is are they nourishing them from the inside out?