Mobile devices may blunt children’s self-regulation

Children who begin using mobile and screen media devices earlier in life have lower self-regulation skills, those needed to plan, control, and monitor their thoughts, feelings and behaviours, says a study.

Could smoking-style health warnings on alcohol and snacks really work?

Health warning labels (HWLs) to reduce public consumption of alcohol and energy-dense snacks have been tested on the public.

More overweight and obese children in deprived areas

Overweight and obesity rates in children and adolescents have slightly decreased during the past decade, but risen among those in disadvantaged and deprived areas.

Early childhood antibiotics may increase risk of type 1 diabetes

Children prescribed antibiotics in the first year of life may have an increased risk of type 1 diabetes in children by age 10, new research suggests.

Full-fat dairy not linked to obesity in children

Giving children full-fat milk and dairy products will not increase the risk of obesity or heart disease, a systematic review claims.

Vitamin D lack in mothers associated with ADHD in children

Low levels of maternal vitamin D in early pregnancy are associated with an increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, according to a study.

Intensive care babies have greater risk of mental health problems

Children who spend time in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at birth have a higher risk of mental health issues later, regardless of birthweight.

Young mothers have greater risk of children with autism

Age at first birth is ‘strongly associated’ with a greater chance of having a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new research.

BMI and university degree predict adolescent obesity

The BMI of mother and child and the mother’s education are the three simple predictors of a child being overweight or obese by the time they are a teenager.

Eating fish reduces risk of child eczema and asthma

Children should be introduced to fish or cod liver oil from about a year old, research suggests, after showing that those who ate fish early had a significantly reduced risk of eczema, wheezing and asthma.

Anorexia on the rise in pre-teens

Anorexia diagnoses among pre-teen children in the UK and Ireland have risen markedly, a study suggests.

Measles wipes children’s immune system

A new study has shown that measles damages the immune system, leaving children who recover more vulnerable to other infections.

Children can understand counting at 14 months

Children can understand counting at 14 months Infants as young as 14 months understand the concept of counting before they grasp the full meaning of numbers, research has concluded.

Lincolnshire HVs strike for a month

Lincolnshire health visitors will strike for a month over the council’s ‘divide and rule’ jobs move, which could see some lose tens of thousands of pounds over their working lives.
 

The big story: slipping through the net

With the number of health visitors falling and those that remain carrying ever greater caseloads, there is a real risk of missing contact with vulnerable children. But what can be done to mitigate that risk?

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