Children’s mental health services face postcode lottery, warns new report

Children in need of ‘low-level’ mental health services – vital preventative and early intervention services for problems such as anxiety, depression or eating disorders are facing a postcode lottery. So found an investigation by the Children’s Commissioner for England.

Finding a calm balance

A stressful working life can impact on families’ health and wellbeing, too. How can CPs support parents in a meaningful and non-judgmental way? Journalist Rima Evans reports.

Unfit for life?

Physical inactivity among the UK’s children is at crisis point. What can be done? Journalist Georgina Wintersgill reports.

Big story: a tough start in life

A report by the Health and Social Care Select Committee finds that children in England are not being supported in their critical first 1000-day period. Journalist Juliette Astrup takes a look at the recommendations and the reactions.

Australia: self-poisoning in children doubles in 10 years

The number of Australian children intentionally poisoning themselves with drugs such as paracetamol and antidepressants has doubled in the past decade, say scientists.

Ireland: screen use and obesity linked to short-sightedness in children

Sedentary lifestyle, obesity, heavy use of screens and reduced daylight are making short-sightedness in children more likely, researchers have found.

UK: PTSD strikes one in 13 youngsters

One in 13 young people in the UK have had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) before reaching the age of 18, new research suggests.

Northern Ireland: new advice for parents on good dummy habits

The Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland has produced a new factsheet to help parents develop good dummy habits for their babies.

England: phone or TV use in the dark affects child sleep

Using a phone or watching TV in the dark before bed makes pre-teen children far less likely to get a good night’s sleep, research has found.

No more shame

You can give invaluable help to mothers about two problems they often just resign themselves to living with – stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, finds journalist Rima Evans

Young & lonely

Why is loneliness affecting children as young as 10, and what can be done to help tackle it? Journalist Georgina Fuller reports.

Lowest level of public satisfaction for the NHS

A decline in public satisfaction with the NHS has hit its lowest level in over a decade, finds a survey of nearly 3000 people. 
 

Northern Ireland: online tool helps patients self-manage health

An online tool has been launched by the health service to help people in Northern Ireland self-manage their illnesses.

Wales: keeping people active to fight against obesity

The Welsh Government is consulting on a programme of action to tackle obesity, branded the ‘greatest public health challenge facing our generation’ by health minister Vaughan Gething.

Germany: maternal stress linked with childen being overweight

A mother’s high stress levels during her child’s first year of life will probably lead to her child developing a higher body mass index in the first five years of its life.

Big story: credit crunch

Universal Credit – the new system which rolls six other benefits into a single monthly payment – has been controversial from the outset. What impact is it having on families, and what do community practitioners need to be aware of? Journalist Juliette Astrup reports.

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.

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