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.

A brain under siege

Encephalitis may be rare, but when it strikes it can be devastating, and even deadly – especially for children and young people, writes journalist John Windell.

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.

Wales: new records system to paint clearer picture of child health

A new system that ensures every child has an active care record with all their details in one place has gone live.

Switzerland: cough medicines could do more harm than good

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

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Life with COPD a passport to better care

Community matron Susan Nyandoro explains how a Devon trust is enhancing continuity of care for those with chronic lung disease.

Northern Ireland: doctors urge girls to take up HPV vaccine

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has urged parents to take up the offer of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine for their daughters following a fall in uptake.

Immunisation: spreading the word

Health visitors are vital to achieving full vaccine coverage among children, say Michelle Falconer, Laura Craig, Helen Campbell and David Green of Public Health England.

England: new antibiotics awareness campaign

A major new campaign to ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ has been launched by Public Health England in the face of the antibiotic resistance crisis.

Flu hospitalisation risk for children with older siblings

Children under two years are more likely to be admitted to hospital with influenza if they have an older sister or brother, a study has found.

Childhood infection linked to coeliac disease

Childhood respiratory infections have been linked with coeliac disease, research published in

Wales: flu vaccination extends to year four pupils

Welsh schoolchildren in year four are being included in the free flu vaccination programme for the first time this term.

England: MMR vaccination rate down for third year running

The number of children in England receiving their measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine by the age of two is down for the third year in a row.

Tuberculosis: a ghost from the past

Tuberculosis is still rife in some parts of the community. But even where it remains rare, community practitioners need to be alert to its seriousness.

New mothers hesitate over vaccinations

First-time mums are more hesitant about vaccinations than those who already have children, say researchers at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Wales: flu vaccine for all primary school children

All children at primary schools in Wales will be offered the flu vaccine within two years, it has been confirmed.

Wales: measles risk as children miss MMR jabs

More than 7400 children in north Wales are at risk of measles after not receiving two doses of the MMR vaccine.