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.

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.

USA: August babies more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD at school

Children who start school as the youngest in their year are far more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, scientists say.

Canada: most babies don’t sleep through the night

Research has shown that most healthy babies aren’t sleeping through the night – even at one year old.

England: breastfeeding crucial for infant dental health, says PHE

Public Health England (PHE) has highlighted how important breastfeeding is in protecting infant dental health.

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.

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.

Canada: two-thirds of children fall short in ‘physical literacy’

Around two-thirds of Canadian children have failed to achieve an acceptable level of physical literacy, according to results from a large national research project.

USA: verbs not nouns make children persistent

Encouraging children ‘to help’ rather to be ‘helpers’ can make them more persistent when carrying out tricky daily tasks.

Australia: dummies don’t cause speech disorder

Dummies are not associated with phonological impairment, a study has found.

Canada: cleaning products could affect infant gut and raise BMI

Antibacterial cleaning products could be altering children’s gut flora – making them more likely to be overweight, a study says.

UK: babies that eat solids early sleep better

Babies introduced to solid foods early sleep longer and wake less frequently at night than those exclusively breastfed for the first six months, according to a new study.

USA: violence in pregnancy predicts aggression in toddlers

Children born to mothers who experience violence in pregnancy are more likely to show aggression towards their mothers as toddlers.

Supplementary benefits for teens?

As a rise in the use of supplements among children – especially teens – is observed in the US, journalist Helen Bird looks at whether it’s a trend we’re likely to see in the UK and how you can help to address it.

England: indoor air pollution study will look at effects on children

A ground-breaking study will examine the potentially harmful impact of indoor air pollution on child health.

USA: 'helicopter' parents could harm children's emotional wellbeing

Parents who are too controlling could make their children less able to manage their emotions, a study suggests.

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