USA: probiotics don’t help children with acute gastroenteritis

A study across 10 paediatric A&E departments found that giving probiotics to children with gastroenteritis did not help their recovery.

News in numbers: February

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers. Download the PDF, here.

Northern Ireland: reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, says PHA

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is calling for greater awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) after a new survey found many adults didn’t know about the risk factors.

The building blocks of learning

CPs can help develop the four key competencies present at birth and plug gaps in children’s cognitive development, says Kirsten Asmussen of the Early Intervention Foundation.

Scotland: NHS staff become ‘corporate parents’ to vulnerable young

A new ‘corporate parenting’ training resource has been launched for NHS workers to help them understand their duty to promote the interests of young people who are or have been in care.

The lay of the land

Community practitioners working in remote and rural areas face a rather different set of challenges from those in town. Journalist Radhika Holmström investigates country CP life. 

Wales: staff training budget increases for fifth year in a row

The Welsh Government is to increase its investment in education and training for healthcare professionals in the next financial year by £7m – its fifth consecutive annual rise.

Canada: most babies don’t sleep through the night

Research has shown that most healthy babies aren’t sleeping through the night – even at one year old.

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