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.

NICE guidelines: children who don't gain weight

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued new draft guidelines for the care of children who do not gain weight as normally expected.

The Solihull approach: pros and cons

Research that explored the experiences of two professions using the Solihull approach revealed benefits and challenges. Eleni Vasilopoulou, Ayesha Afzal, Kirsty Murphy and Clea Thompson explain more.

Mothers' voices matter, says study

Simply hearing their mothers’ voices can boost the health of premature babies, suggests a review of published research.

UK babies ‘cry more’ than in other industrialised countries

Babies in the UK cry more than in a number of other industrialised countries, new research suggests.

Video interaction: another point of view

When it comes to mental health, prevention is key. Janice Toyne and Clare Dhanushan describe how a video-based intervention is successfully enhancing communication between parents and their babies.

Urinary problems untreated in childhood can continue into teens

Children who wet themselves are more likely to suffer bladder and bowel problems as teenagers, new research has shown.