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.

Scotland: poorer children have worse dental health

Children in Scotland’s most deprived areas are more likely to have tooth decay than their more affluent peers.

England: more HV checks for at-risk families, says Commissioner

15,800 babies under the age of one are considered by local authorities to be vulnerable and at risk from harm, but still living at home

HVs wanted for poisoning prevention campaign

A campaign to raise awareness of the need to keep children safe from accidental poisoning and eye injury is requesting the help of health visitors to spread its key messages.

Junk food ads banned on London transport

Adverts for junk food will be banned on the entire Transport for London (TfL) network, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has confirmed.
 

Call for ban on calorific milkshakes

Milkshakes with ‘grotesque’ amounts of sugar and calories should be banned from being sold in high street restaurants, campaigners claim.

On the edge

The suicide rate in the UK may be going down, but three times more men than women took their own life last year. Journalist Sarah Campbell asks what’s going on and how you can make a difference.

England & Wales: ‘alarming’ rise in children treated for type 2 diabetes

The number of children and young people being treated for type 2 diabetes in England and Wales has gone up from 507 to 715 in four years, new figures show.

UK: sixfold increase in children’s mental health problems

Mental health problems in children and young people have soared across the UK.

Switzerland: cough medicines could do more harm than good

Over-the-counter cough medicines don’t help clear up persistent coughs, a study suggests.

Strengthening child-parent relationships


Understanding Your Child’s Behaviour (UYCB):

Evaluating a Solihull Approach face-to-face 10-week group for parents.

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