Unfit for life?

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

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.

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.

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.

Scotland: new guidance on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

A new SIGN guideline has been introduced to help better identify fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

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.

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