Eczema: soothing soreness

Recent research has cast doubt over the use of additive bath oils to treat childhood eczema. Journalist John Windell asks what the best advice is to give parents now.

Disability: the independent way

Parents with physical disabilities experience a unique set of challenges, yet many do not get the support they need. Journalist Madeleine Bailey looks at how you can help reverse this trend.

STIs: testing times

Sexually transmitted infection rates among young people remain too high. Journalist Rima Evans asks if attempts to limit transmission are working.

Eating with caution

With childhood food allergies on the rise, you can play an important part in keeping children safe. Journalist Georgina Wintersgill reports.

Consumer overload

Could it be time to return to a more back-to-basics culture, given the pressure parents face to buy goods before their child is even born, regardless of necessity or affordability? Journalist Beverley D’Silva reports. 

One too many? Families with multiple births

It is not just medical complications that families with multiple births face. Ryan Scoats, Jane Denton and Merryl Harvey look at the financial, psychological and social support obstacles they must overcome.

In the footsteps of Florence

Health visitor Lena Abdu took up a place on the Florence Nightingale Foundation’s Emerging Leaders programme to become a more effective advocate for change, and view her career through a different lens.

Premature babies: a new type of care

More premature babies are surviving, but with complex health needs. Community practitioners play a vital role in giving support, says journalist Anna Scott.

Lost in translation

In a multilingual society and with interpreters in short supply, should children act as their parents’ language brokers with health professionals – even if they have embarrassing or taboo conditions? George Guiton, James Dunne and Fiona Finlay explore the issues.

Sex education: how to really do it

Children are growing up in a confusing world of online sex and modern gender norms, says Anna Scott. They require relevant, up-to-date sex education to keep them safe from harm and able to form healthy relationships.

Celebrate your role

#HVweek, which runs from 21 to 25 August this year, is the perfect time to champion the teams working hard to bring the best possible services to children and families, says Obi Amadi.

Creating a community of learning and practice

Fiona Cuthill, Judith Anderson and Alison Shiel share their experiences of increasing capacity, quality and learning skills in health visiting practice.

Sorry: the most powerful or hardest word?

Many of us struggle with apologising, says John Windell, but in a professional context the impact of saying sorry is greater than you may realise.

Protecting against radicalisation

Anna Scott offers a practical guide for community practitioners, now that preventing people being drawn into terrorism forms a vital part of the safeguarding role.

Self-sufficiency at any age

The number of over-85s in Britain is set to soar in the next few decades. With the right support and care, they can stay healthy and independent. Vivien Hollis of the Active Ageing Service in Bath demonstrates how.

Young fathers talk abuse

Domestic violence is a factor in 60% of serious case reviews, and over a third of abuse cases start or get worse when a woman is pregnant. Now, as Siobhan West explains, a pioneering initiative is working with young fathers who have been abusive towards their partners to look at ways of changing their behaviour.

Perinatal mental health: creating new horizons

As public health services remain under threat, the case for a joined-up approach has never been stronger. Jenny Thompson describes a collaborative project in Somerset that’s improving perinatal mental health outcomes.

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