Antibacterial soap could harm babies

An antibacterial chemical found in soap transfers from mother to baby – and could have serious health implications.

Breastfeeding should be added to school curriculum to tackle UK's low rates

Breastfeeding should be taught in schools as part of statutory personal, social and health education to address the UK’s low rates, said the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).

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.

Antibiotics could lead to birth defects

A study has found that certain antibiotics taken during pregnancy could cause birth defects.

Wales: parents unaware of children's weight

Parents in Wales are struggling to recognise when their children are overweight, experts have warned.

New potential treatment for fetal alcohol damage

Drugs could be used to erase the learning and memory deficits caused by fetal alcohol exposure.

Childhood obesity: an overview of the existing barriers to the health practitioner’s role in providing effective intervention

Amalia Burca Bouch highlights the latest guidance, and health professional research, on reducing the risks of childhood obesity. She also explores existing barriers to effective intervention and implementation of the guidelines.

Children with TVs in their bedrooms more likely to be overweight

Researchers from University College London analysed data on 12,556 children from the UK’s Millennium Cohort Study, following them from ages seven to 11 to assess long-term associations between TV and computer use and body fat 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.

Dangers of even low alcohol intake in pregnancy

Australian researchers have found that drinking even small amounts of alcohol when pregnant has subtle effects on how a baby’s face develops.

Father’s age sways child’s social skills

Children of younger and older fathers could find social situations more challenging, says a study.