Youngest in class diagnosed with ADHD

Children who are young for their school year are more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than their older peers, new research has shown.

Farsighted children at risk of falling behind at school

A new US study suggests that farsighted children starting school find it harder to pay attention.

Babies can learn persistence at 15 months

A new study has found that babies can learn to keep trying if they see an adult struggle to complete a task.

England: allow messy eating, says NICE

Children with slow weight gain should be allowed to ‘be messy’ with their food, new guidance from NICE says, urging parents to avoid ‘coercive feeding’ and ‘punitive approaches’.

Children of insomniac mothers sleep badly

Children’s sleep can suffer if their mothers have insomnia, suggests research by the University of Warwick and University of Basel.

Vaping is less risky than smoking, say Scottish health bodies

Key health bodies in Scotland have issued a joint statement saying that e-cigarettes are ‘definitely’ less harmful than smoking tobacco.

Body image: the pressure of 'normal'

While feeling body-conscious as a teenager may not be new, the issue is arguably now magnified thanks to always-on technology. Community Practitioner looks at the impact.

Autism slows sibling development

A review of published studies suggests that infants who have siblings with autism spectrum disorder may be affected by their development.

Bullying could cause teeth grinding

Teenagers who grind their teeth in their sleep could have experienced bullying in school, a new Brazilian study has suggested.

Parents love of tech could affect children's behaviour

Could parents spending too much time on their smartphones or tablets lead to behavioural problems in children?

Television isn’t the enemy, says study

Most children aged five can watch up to three hours of television a day with few ill effects to their language skills by the time they leave primary school, new research suggests.

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