Childrens Health

A Service Dog Won't Get Him a Party but It Will Give Him a Companion, a Trusted Friend.

Suzanne Burnett | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzanne Burnett

Challenging children have challenging behaviour as does Morgan. He was a lamb really until bullying opened his eyes to being different. It made him realise he didn't fit in and he gets frustrated, upset and angry.

This Is What School Lunches Look Like Around The World

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

School lunches have moved on from turkey twizzlers and smiley faces, not just in the UK, but globally. American restaurant chain Sweetgreen has re...

Children With Mental Health Problems Told By Parents: Don't Get Help.

Alexandra Massey | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

We need a new policy from government level down if we are to catch these vulnerable children before they fall. As shocking as these figures are, we haven't got time to re-educate parents into being more honest with themselves.

Protecting Children From Second-Hand Smoke

Paul Burstow | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

Protecting children from harm is an obligation both on parents and families and wider society. Protecting children from passive smoking in cars was up for debate today in Parliament. Liberal Democrats have been at the fore in arguing the case for banning smoking in cars and today Parliament voted to implement the new Smokefree (private vehicles) regulations 2015...

Imprisoned in Hospital - The Story of Folake Oduyoye

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

For over 10 years, WBFA and I have intervened to assist with medical bills through our various community programmes like the TMB and IMedF. However, this model is ultimately unsustainable.

How To Spot Measles Symptoms

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

More than 70 measles cases have been reported in the US, with more than half of those linked to an outbreak at Disney theme park in California. Mea...

Children's Mental Health - Don't Suffer in Silence

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Given that so many parents worry about their children's mental health and wellbeing, it is vital that parents and children can talk honestly about their worries. This is needed both in families and in society's wider debates so that mental health gets the attention it needs.

Nufolo

Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK
Philip Christopher Baldwin

Nufolo was orphaned by HIV and AIDS and was taken in by his aunt. However, instead of entering the loving environment that he craved, Nufolo was treated like a domestic slave and abused.

Why You Should Swap Sugar From Your Kid's Diet

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A new Change4Life campaign led by Public Health England (PHE) launches today in a bid to encourage parents to cut back on the amount of sugar they fee...

The Rise of ADHD, Autism, Aspergers in Our Children

Anna Moody | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Moody

I've been investigating this phenomenon lately, asking teachers what barriers they face, parents what frustrations they encounter and generally observing so called 'problem children' in schools, homes and how they interact with others.

Elusive Father's Love - From My Program: Adult Lives Crippled by Childhood

Olga Levancuka | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

"I don't think my dad ever loved me." This is the statement I hear my clients repeating time after time. It's irrelevant who says it, men or women, although it is more common coming from women, given that an unhealthy relationship with their dad, i.e. 'Key Male Figure', tends to reflect in their relationships

Is Your Food a Recipe for Your Child's Future Ill Health?

Nigel Denby | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nigel Denby

Young children don't have the preference for salt unless we train them. By giving them lots of salty food we are training them to need more - and effectively setting them on the road to ill health.

Mother Explains What It's Like To Have A 12-Year-Old Daughter With Dementia

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

We think of dementia as a disease which affects our elderly loved-ones, but young mum Danielle Craig has to watch her daughter suffering from the debi...

Preaching Isn't Working!

Nigel Denby | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nigel Denby

It's something I never thought I would suggest, but a daily vitamin and mineral supplement for everyone could be a simple, and precise, solution to Britain's greatest health problem. The over fed and undernourished both lack vital nutrients for good health.

When Saying Sorry to a Child Does More Harm Than Good

Alexandra Massey | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

Having been one of those parents who had practiced this many times, until someone gently pointed out how I was coming across, I've now stopped. This one time I'm talking about is when I've said 'I'm sorry' but what I really wanted was relief from my own uncomfortable feelings of being a dysfunctional parent or to be allayed of my guilt.

Three Things That Make Kids Happier Every Day

Alexandra Massey | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

I used to vex about how happy my children were, and still do sometimes, but with experience I've come to realise that their fundamental needs are very simple. They want to be heard, loved and given some special time. If I give them these three things every day, they thrive. So I do everything I can to ensure I make that happen and I know I'm investing in their happiness.

What to Do If a Child Says 'I Want to Kill Myself'

Alexandra Massey | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

For any parent, teacher or carer, hearing a child say 'I want to kill myself' is a heart stopping moment. In the following seconds, time either stands still or comes rushing at you like a speed train. It might seem impossible to find the right words.

How to Help a Depressed Teenager

Alexandra Massey | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

Let's not get into the 'whys' in this article. Because whatever it was that made your teenager depressed, the journey down takes us all to the same place: a feeling of utter worthlessness combined with a black cloud that wants nothing except to make your day as long and as miserable as possible.

How to Help a Depressed Child

Alexandra Massey | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

A new study has found that children in pre-school who are depressed are more than twice as likely to continue to experience depression all the way through childhood... the correct support for a depressed child can really make a difference. And it's possibly not what you think.

Junk Food 'Destroying Health Of A Generation Of Children'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The health of an entire generation of children could be "destroyed" by a diet of junk food and lack of exercise, doctors have warned. As a result,...

Babysitting an Addict

Deborah Weitzmann | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Tech
Deborah Weitzmann

Childhood should be an important phase to learn about oneself and the people around you, while expanding your mind and attention spans through playful exploration. Little imagination, creativity or skill goes into surfing the web, watching mindless YouTube videos, using social media and playing virtual games.

What Babies Can Do By Their 1st Birthday

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It's hard to believe it was only a year ago that the the world's press was camped outside St Mary's Hospital in London straining for a glimpse of the ...

Five Fun and Easy Ways to Promote Self-Esteem in Your Kids

Emma Letessier | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Letessier

Research has shown that children who have a healthy level of self-esteem and confidence learn faster and achieve better academically than children described as having low self-esteem. There are a multitude of reasons why a child might suffer from low self-esteem but in general it's caused by the beliefs that they hold regarding their own self-image...

Is What Your Children See on TV Destroying Their Health?

Sandra Roycroft-Davis | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sandra Roycroft-Davis

IMAGINE you find your children watching a TV programme that portrays smoking, drinking and drug-taking as normal everyday behaviour. What will your reaction be?

How Barbie Helps Kids Come To Terms With Cancer

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Coming to terms with cancer is hard for adults, so imagine how difficult comprehending the illness must be for children. But thankfully there's an...