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.

Great Britain: Child food poverty inquiry calls for watchdog

An inquiry into childhood food poverty has called for an independent children’s food watchdog to be established in the UK to lead change.

England: new NHS ‘sleep clinic’ boosts families’ wellbeing

A pioneering pilot scheme to help children get a good night’s sleep has boosted the mental health of youngsters and their parents, NHS England has said.

May news in numbers

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

Australia: time-out is a positive discipline strategy

A University of Sydney study says that time-out is helpful as a method of discipline for children.

UK/Sweden: painkillers in pregnancy do not cause childhood asthma

The risk of children developing asthma does not increase when their mothers take painkillers during pregnancy, a major study has concluded.

UK: air pollution linked to teenage psychotic episodes

Research from King’s College London has provided the first evidence of an association between air pollution and psychotic experiences in adolescence.

England: a speedier diagnosis for pre-eclampsia

A simple blood test that speeds up the diagnosis of pre-eclampsia by two days is to be rolled out to more pregnant women.

Unfit for life?

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

USA: parents put unhealthy amounts of toothpaste on children’s brushes

Parents are squeezing potentially unhealthy amounts of toothpaste onto their children’s brushes, a study suggests.

A lifeline for struggling parents

Carole Sutton looks at the evidence on parent training programmes delivered by phone and internet to support troubled young children.

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.

Finland: smoking in pregnancy risks ADHD in children

Pregnant women who smoke are more likely to have children who develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a study suggests.

Northern Ireland: child autism diagnoses double in five years

The number of children being diagnosed with autism has more than doubled in five years, a BBC investigation has revealed.

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