Finland: Countryside children have better motor skills than those in towns

Children living in the country spend more time outdoors and have better motor skills than those in towns, says a study of almost 1000 three- to seven-year-olds published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

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.

Wales: Scientists spot eating disorder early warning signs

Researchers have found a series of early warning signs that could herald the development of an eating disorder.

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.

England: Change4Life highlights wellbeing boost from exercise

Change4Life, a campaign run by Public Health England (PHE), is highlighting the positive impact of exercise on wellbeing with the launch of Disney-inspired short bursts of activity.

On the look out

Unexplained changes in children’s eyes should never be ignored, so it helps to know the signs of serious and routine issues. Journalist John Windell also offers tips for protecting young eyes from accidental damage. 

September news in numbers

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

What do you see?

Negative body image is an issue for children and adults alike. What’s the impact, and how can you help? Journalist Anna Scott reports.

New parents still not being seen

Around 25% of new parents are missing out on mandatory health visits, which may increase the risk of mental health issues, experts believe. 
 

One of your own

Safeguarding nurse Caroline Waldron explores the role of the health practitioner as a corporate parent for looked-after children and care leavers, identifying practical steps.

Australia: Support needed for multiple-birth families to improve outcomes

The first-ever international collaborative report to compare the experiences of multiple-birth babies and their families to single-birth families has highlighted serious disadvantages for families with multiple-birth babies.

UK: Picky toddlers don’t end up nutrient-deficient teens

Toddlers who are picky about their food are not deficient in essential nutrients compared with their peers when they are teenagers.

South Africa: Breastmilk protects babies against infection for life

A mother’s milk can provide lifelong immunity against illness, new research funded by the University of Cape Town and other organisations has shown.

USA: Limited formula use may not affect breastfeeding, say researchers

‘A little formula’ in the first days of life may not impact breastfeeding at six months, researchers from the University of California have suggested.

An early start

More babies are being born extremely premature. While these babies can often face health and developmental issues, their families can also be affected by anxiety and depression. So it’s vital that CPs offer support. Journalist and mum of twins born prematurely Linsey Wynton reports.

My child, my choice. A healthy motto?

Most parents believe they know what’s best for their children, but on education, parents and schools can come into conflict. What’s the best way forward, and how might you help? Journalist Georgina Wintersgill reports.

Northern Ireland: Pharmacies to promote key public health messages

Key advice on public health issues is now even easier to access through a new ‘Living Well’ service at community pharmacies in Northern Ireland (NI).

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