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.

Ireland: Second-hand smoke linked to increased risk of child obesity

The children of women who do not smoke are less likely to become overweight or obese, report researchers from University College Cork.

The daily grind

Millions of people in the UK of all ages have one form of arthritis or another, and pain can be the biggest obstacle to a normal life, says journalist John Windell.

England: BMI is higher in children of separated parents

The body mass index (BMI) of children who have separated parents is significantly higher than that of children whose families have stayed intact.

Canada: Energetic play in early childhood can keep heart healthy in later life

Physical activity in children as young as three can prevent early risk indicators that lead to adult heart disease, research has found.

Wales: Welsh legislation focuses on quality of health and social care

A health and social care bill that would introduce an ‘organisational duty of candour’ to encourage openness and transparency in NHS organisations has been introduced to the National Assembly for Wales.

Scotland: Government targets child weight-management inequality with £1.7m boost for health boards

The Scottish Government is giving £1.7m to health boards as part of its push to reduce the number of overweight under-18s by half by 2030.

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