Northern Ireland: children are eating seven times more treats than recommended limit

Children are eating seven times more unhealthy foods such as crisps, biscuits and sweets than they should be, a report shows.

Scotland: tooth decay in children falls to new low

The number of children with no obvious sign of tooth decay has reached a record high.

Alarm bells ringing: the adult care crisis

Successive governments have failed to stop the rot in the adult social care system, and it is now approaching crisis point. As we go to the polls, journalist Linsey Wynton explores what’s at fault, what’s needed and how urgently.

News in numbers: December/January

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

Keep on moving: new physical activity guidelines

Journalist Jo Waters outlines the update on the physical activity guidelines, and explains the importance of keeping babies and toddlers active.

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.

Finland: Stress in pregnancy linked to child personality disorders

Children born to women who experience severe stress when pregnant are more likely to develop a personality disorder by the age of 30, a new study suggests.

Controversial Named person scheme scrapped

The Scottish Government has scrapped its controversial plan to appoint a named person to safeguard the welfare of every child in the country.

Baby bundle pilot to give families the ‘best start’ in life

Parents of newborns are to be offered a package of gifts including clothing, bathing and play items and information leaflets in a new scheme being piloted in Swansea Bay.

Child health is stagnating, survey says

Some areas of child health, including obesity and mental health, are stagnating, according to the latest Scottish health survey.

Dentists warn that teething products risk infants’ health

Parents should be on their guard when using teething powders, pills and gels, the British Dental Association (BDA) has warned.

Sugar drops off shopping lists

The amount of sugar in everyday foods is falling, according to Public Health England (PHE).

Creature comfort

Our pets make us smile and laugh – but they might also help improve the health of the nation. Should CPs be making greater use of animal-assisted therapy?

Is there a crisis of childhood?

Children in the UK are buckling as a result of unprecedented social pressures, political turmoil and a void in government policies that should keep them safe and well, says a recent report. Journalist Jo Waters asks what can be done to help avert a crisis.

Big story: more harm than good

Rates of self-harm are rising steeply, especially among young women, but the majority are still not able to access the right medical or psychological care. Can you play a helpful role? Journalist Juliette Astrup investigates.

Australia: Feeling the beat is a step towards child self-regulation skills

Marching, wiggling and tapping a beat helps young children develop self-regulation skills and improves school readiness, research published in Psychology of Music has found.

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