Childrens Health

Smile! Caring for Your Family's Teeth is Essential for Health and Wellbeing

Professor Kevin Fenton | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Parents
Professor Kevin Fenton

Nobody likes toothache, and for most people, the thought of having a tooth taken out by the dentist is enough to make them brush twice a day. But there are lots of things that help improve oral health, including not smoking, watching how much you drink and eating a healthy diet, which will help to protect your general health as well.

Successful Schools Are Those Which Equip Students For All Of Life, Not Just Exams

James Downs | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK
James Downs

We don't need to look at rigorous scientific studies to know that the formative years of our lives are hugely important in determining how we will far...

A Matter of Mental Health: Why We Need to Take Action to Support Children

Jackie Brock | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Jackie Brock

Ahead of the Holyrood elections, taking place next month, we met with each of the main Scottish party leaders and were encouraged that there is widespread, cross-party agreement that more needs to be done in this area. Given the urgency of this issue, we need and expect a concrete commitment from the Scottish government following the election next month.

Want Your Child to Feel Good About Themselves? - Follow Five Golden Rules

Dr Kathryn Weston | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Kathryn Weston

Most parents intuitively know that children need to feel good about themselves to be happy and to progress in life - the same applies to adults - but practically speaking, how does this work? What do we need to be doing or saying to our children to ensure that they grow up to be happy adults, with a strong 'sense of self' and the ability to take on the world?

How Do You Explain a Terrorist Attack to a Child?

J.N. Paquet | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK Parents
J.N. Paquet

Sometimes, what we imagine can be worse than what we actually see. That's why expressing our feeling through writing or drawing can help free our mind, and so, help us to move on.

Nutritionists Say Sugar Tax Isn't Enough To Tackle Childhood Obesity

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Nutritionists have applauded the Government's decision to impose a sugar tax on soft drinks manufacturers, but have said more still needs to be done t...

The Importance of Safer Sleep for Babies

Fiona Smith | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Parents
Fiona Smith

Sleep - not normally a bad thing. In fact, for the parents of a young baby, it can be considered a godsend. But as a children's nurse I'm sadly all too aware that there can be a tragic side to sleep: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Start Active, Stay Active - Physical Activity for Children

Professor Dame Sally Davies | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Dame Sally Davies

The latest figures we have from 2012 show that children are becoming less active, with only 21% of boys and 16% girls meeting current guidelines of at least one hour of moderately intensive physical activity per day. This needs to change, because less active and healthy children generally go on to become less active and healthy adults...

Take Out the Tackle From School Rugby

Allyson Pollock | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Sport
Allyson Pollock

While it is not disputed that there are many positive things that come from this team sport, no studies have shown that benefits from this sport are greater than other sports and activities that do not involve collision. No study has weighed the harms against the benefits.

Oliver's Story So Far - Battling LCH

Danielle Harper | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Parents
Danielle Harper

My 3 year old son Oliver has a rare cancer called Langerhans cell Histiocytosis, which is where Langerhans cells (normally found on our skin) spread to other parts of the body and attack them.

Dehydration In Babies And Young Children

Parentdish UK | Pip Jones | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Parents

Sometimes referred to as the 'forgotten nutrient', water is absolutely essential to our health. It makes up two thirds of our body mass and so, when i...

Mum's Powerful Photos Challenge Us To See The Child Behind The Rare Disease Diagnosis

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 28.02.2016 | UK Parents

When you look at this child what do you see? That's the question photographer Ceridwen Hughes is posing with 'The Rare Project'. Hughes is sharing ...

The Duchess Of Cambridge Continues The Young Minds Matter Message

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK

The Duchess of Cambridge took part in a sing-a-long on a visit to an Edinburgh school on Wednesday as she continued to spread the Young Minds Matter m...

Music and Hospitals: A Life-Enhancing Combination

Nicky Goulder | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Nicky Goulder

For the thousands of children who end up in hospitals each year due to illness and injury, hospitals can be intimidating places. Finding themselves in...

Children's Mental Health Issues - Are Parents To Blame?

Lisa Barry | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Barry

The most valuable part of this process is that we set the best example for our children. When our kids see us making a decision to be happy and overcoming adversity in a positive but honest way they learn how to do it themselves.

Why It's Important To Acknowledge Bipolar Disorder In Children

Amélie Clermont | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK
Amélie Clermont

I am not insinuating that it is necessary to diagnose every temperamental child as bipolar -- the disorder requires the presence of precise symptoms. When the diagnosis comes, it is a difficult moment. But it is the solid basis on which to act; we know what we're fighting against.

Excuse Me, Are You Listening?!

Bronwyn Tosh | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK
Bronwyn Tosh

Unfortunately these children are often labelled as 'naughty' and thought that just a 'firm' hand is needed. This couldn't be further from the truth. These children do not know how to play, or how to engage in positive social interactions and this is often where music therapy can play an important role.

Charities Chastise Children's Mental Health Services As 'Shocking'

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK

A damning report released this week on the state of mental health services in England has laid bare the "seriously underfunded" help being given to ch...

Let's Bring Radical Change to Children and Young People's Mental Health

Cynthia Joyce | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Parents
Cynthia Joyce

We simply don't know enough about the big questions in young people's mental health. Like, what can parent or schools do to help young people in crisis? What are the most effective ways to help? What are the factors causing mental health conditions in young people? And importantly, can we prevent these issues from happening?

Breaking Through the Silence of Children's Mental Health

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Parents
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

Getting children with mental health and learning disorders noticed and identified is a problem everywhere. And it's a bigger problem for "silent" disorders whose symptoms can be subtle or misidentified.

Why I Feel Like a Punchbag

Sarah Millington | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Millington

With my eldest daughter in particular - a deep-thinker, highly sensitive and painfully self-conscious - I feel that insecurity lies at the heart of many of her anxieties. I try to combat this by illustrating, in graphic terms, how much I love her.

Are Kids in Danger of Forgetting Real Food? A New Report Suggest So

Hattie Garlick | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK Parents
Hattie Garlick

What's in a name? Well, if the name is 'chicken nuggets', it could be up to 14 different ingredients, according to research published yesterday by the University of Nottingham.

Can a Family Cut Out Refined Sugar for a Year?

Hattie Garlick | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Parents
Hattie Garlick

Just delicious, accessible food that all generations can get stuck into preparing and eating together. That happens to be sugar free. Oh, and ideally involves only a single mixing bowl or oven dish so very little washing up (you've got to dream, haven't you?)

Sleep Deprivation - Mothers Ruin

Amanda Fulton | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Parents
Amanda Fulton

As my children have got older, we've more or less reclaimed our evenings and the small hours of the night now serve only for sound sleep. But not too long ago it was a very different story and the memories of those long, dark soul destroying nights etched their name in my very being forever!

Diet is Half the Solution to Childhood Obesity - Physical Activity Plays an Important Part Too

Joe Irvin | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Parents
Joe Irvin

It's difficult to open a newspaper at the moment and not read about the proposed 'sugar tax'. As we know, this is an attempt to tackle the ballooning childhood obesity problem. What you might not know is just how big the problem is.