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).

Scotland: Experts rate breastfeeding support in Scotland

Support available to breastfeeding mums in Scotland has scored highly in an expert review of current services.

UK: Child poverty is becoming ‘new normal’ says coalition

New data published by the End Child Poverty coalition shows poverty is rising – and rising fastest in areas of deprivation.

July/August news in numbers

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

Closing the word gap

Wendy Nicholson MBE explains how Public Health England and the Department for Education are working to equip socially disadvantaged children with the speech, language and communication needs they require to fulfil their true potential.

PTSD wake-up call

Young people aren’t getting the support they need for trauma experienced in childhood, and it’s having serious consequences. Journalist Anna Scott reports.

UK: routine breech scans could cut mortality and save money

Scanning mothers-to-be late in pregnancy could prevent thousands of unexpected breech births and emergency caesarean sections (CS), and save the lives of several babies a year, a study has shown.

England: new service gives health visitors access to digital ‘red book'

Healthcare professionals can now access vital child health information digitally, following the launch of a ground-breaking service.

Northern Ireland: boys to be offered HPV vaccine in bid to fight cancer

Boys aged 12 to 13 in Northern Ireland are to be offered a vaccine to protect them against human papillomavirus (HPV) infections and the associated diseases, the Department of Health (DH) has announced.

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