USA: probiotics don’t help children with acute gastroenteritis

A study across 10 paediatric A&E departments found that giving probiotics to children with gastroenteritis did not help their recovery.

The building blocks of learning

CPs can help develop the four key competencies present at birth and plug gaps in children’s cognitive development, says Kirsten Asmussen of the Early Intervention Foundation.

Research: psychological support for rapid response staff

Fiona Finlay, Anna Baverstock and Jackie MacCallam considered the need for coping strategies by rapid response teams following the death of a child.

UK: postnatal depression risk far higher in mothers of boys

The odds of developing postnatal depression (PND) increased by up to 79% when mothers had baby boys rather than girls.

Switzerland: nose bacteria may dictate speed of babies’ recovery from their first cold

Babies with a wide variety of different bacteria living in their noses tend to recover more quickly from their first respiratory virus compared with those who have less variety, say researchers.

UK: BMI remains useful gauge of obesity

The body mass index (BMI) remains useful for assessing obesity and health, despite criticism that it cannot distinguish fat from lean mass, a study suggests.

England: children exceed healthy sugar limit by age 10

The average child has already exceeded the maximum sugar intake recommended for an 18-year-old by the time they turn 10, says Public Health England.

Great Britain: new guidance on obesity in pregnancy

During pregnancy, women should focus on eating healthily and be supported with advice on diet and the risks of obesity.

NHS pledge to focus on young people’s health

Children and young people’s health has been set out as a priority in NHS England’s new long-term plan published Monday 7th January. It will see the introduction of a new transformation programme over the next decade.  

Mental health support for new fathers

Partners of expectant and new mothers who are unwell with mental health issues will be offered support and mental health checks, NHS England has announced.

England: virgin wins back HCP contract after legal challenge

A council ordered by the High Court to re-run the procurement process for health-visiting and school-nursing services has identified Virgin Care as the preferred bidder for a second time.

Canada: two-thirds of children fall short in ‘physical literacy’

Around two-thirds of Canadian children have failed to achieve an acceptable level of physical literacy, according to results from a large national research project.

News in numbers: December

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

England: severe obesity soars in Year 6 children

Severe obesity among 10- and 11-year-olds has increased by more than a third since 2006-07. 

Change the focus

Mindfulness teacher and trainer Singhashri Gazmuri reveals how you can benefit from mindfulness and compassion in your day-to-day working life and beyond.

England: losing race to improve children’s health

A report from the RCPCH projected that in 2030 there would be 50% more A&E attendances for young children and young people.

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