Air pollution harms unborn babies

Air pollution from road traffic is linked to an increased risk of low birthweight babies, says a study led by Imperial College London.

Probiotic’s potential to help babies with colic

Researchers have found evidence to support the use of a probiotic in babies with colic or excessive crying.

One in six parents allow children alcohol at 14

One in six UK parents have let their children drink alcohol by the age of 14, a new study shows.

Researchers find strange patterns of type 1 diabetes and asthma in children

Children with asthma are more likely to develop type 1 diabetes; but asthma develops less frequently in children with existing type 1 diabetes, suggesting a complex link between the diseases.

Finger foods from six months ‘do not increase choking risk’

Letting babies feed themselves solid foods from as young as six months does not increase the risk of choking, a new study suggests.

Eating fish every week linked to better sleep and a higher IQ

Children who eat fish at least once a week sleep better and have higher IQ scores on average than those who eat little or no fish.

Children play better with fewer toys

Children play for longer and more creatively when they have fewer toys, a new study suggests.

Smartphone use linked to teenage sleeplessness

Teenagers now sleep fewer hours than older generations, possibly because of time spent on smartphones and tablets, says a new study, led by Jean Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University, and published in Sleep Medicine.

Children raised by same-sex parents do as well as their peers

A study has shown that children raised in same-sex parented families do as well as children raised by heterosexual couple parents.

School nurses say pain has complex causes

School nurses interpret chronic pain in adolescents as a social, physical and psychological phenomenon, a Norwegian study, published in BMC Nursing, has found.

Mental health gap opens up in primary school

A Scottish Government-funded study has found a dramatic mental health inequality gap between the poorest children and their wealthier peers in the first three years of primary school.