Parents’ teenage lifestyles may influence their offspring’s health

Parents’ teenage lifestyles may affect the growth and development of their own children, a new study suggests.

Video feedback promotes mother-baby bonding

Mothers watching videos of themselves with their babies, alongside health visitors who provide feedback, can promote early bonding, new research shows.

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.

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.

Youngest in class diagnosed with ADHD

Children who are young for their school year are more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than their older peers, new research has shown.

Farsighted children at risk of falling behind at school

A new US study suggests that farsighted children starting school find it harder to pay attention.

Babies can learn persistence at 15 months

A new study has found that babies can learn to keep trying if they see an adult struggle to complete a task.

England: allow messy eating, says NICE

Children with slow weight gain should be allowed to ‘be messy’ with their food, new guidance from NICE says, urging parents to avoid ‘coercive feeding’ and ‘punitive approaches’.

Children of insomniac mothers sleep badly

Children’s sleep can suffer if their mothers have insomnia, suggests research by the University of Warwick and University of Basel.

Vaping is less risky than smoking, say Scottish health bodies

Key health bodies in Scotland have issued a joint statement saying that e-cigarettes are ‘definitely’ less harmful than smoking tobacco.

Body image: the pressure of 'normal'

While feeling body-conscious as a teenager may not be new, the issue is arguably now magnified thanks to always-on technology. Community Practitioner looks at the impact.