A lifeline for struggling parents

Carole Sutton looks at the evidence on parent training programmes delivered by phone and internet to support troubled young children.

England: baby-weaning campaign will boost mothers’ confidence

A new campaign to help parents introduce their babies to solid foods has been launched by Public Health England (PHE). Its survey revealed that more than one in four mothers lack confidence in doing so.

Northern Ireland: child autism diagnoses double in five years

The number of children being diagnosed with autism has more than doubled in five years, a BBC investigation has revealed.

Canada: parents feed screen-time sedentary behaviour

Parents using screen time as a reward or punishment for pre-schoolers might be feeding their attraction to screens, a study has found.

USA: August babies more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD at school

Children who start school as the youngest in their year are far more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, scientists say.

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.

USA: verbs not nouns make children persistent

Encouraging children ‘to help’ rather to be ‘helpers’ can make them more persistent when carrying out tricky daily tasks.

USA: violence in pregnancy predicts aggression in toddlers

Children born to mothers who experience violence in pregnancy are more likely to show aggression towards their mothers as toddlers.

USA: browbeating picky eaters makes no difference to behaviour or weight

Pressuring fussy children to eat food they dislike does not change their behaviour or their weight, a study has found.

Wales: life with learning disabilities targeted

The way services are delivered for people living with learning disabilities is to be transformed.

Northern Ireland: specialists to help parent-baby bonding

A new service to support parents struggling to bond with their babies has been offered by two specialist health visitors in infant mental health at the Western Health and Social Care Trust.

Youth violence: a fighting chance

Why is knife and other youth violence on such an upward trajectory, and can a public health approach, which is being hailed as the answer, really help? Journalist Phil Harris investigates.

England: autism not linked to antenatal fish consumption

Eating fish during pregnancy does not increase the likelihood of a child having autism, scientists have found.

OCD: the unwelcome takeover

There is far more to obsessive compulsive disorder than straightening ornaments and checking light switches. Thankfully, awareness is growing. Journalist Georgina Wintersgill reports.

Social media can raise children's unhealthy snack intake

Research from the University of Liverpool has highlighted the negative influence that social media can have on children’s food intake.

Expectation of pain is reality for children

A University of California study, published in Psychosomatic Medicine, saw researchers apply thermal heat to 20 healthy children, 20 with anxiety disorders and 23 adults, asking them to rate the levels of pain.

Use of paracetamol in pregnancy increases risk of ADHD and autism

Pregnant women who take paracetamol are up to 30% more likely to have children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research suggests.

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