November news in numbers

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

England: social media spreads vaccine misinformation

A report from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) suggests that social media is stoking misplaced fears about vaccines, including concerns over their side effects.

Northern Ireland: new advice for parents on good dummy habits

The Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland has produced a new factsheet to help parents develop good dummy habits for their babies.

Canada: parents feed screen-time sedentary behaviour

Parents using screen time as a reward or punishment for pre-schoolers might be feeding their attraction to screens, a study has found.

England: phone or TV use in the dark affects child sleep

Using a phone or watching TV in the dark before bed makes pre-teen children far less likely to get a good night’s sleep, research has found.

The big story: follow the footprints

Today, the average child’s digital footprint is broader than ever. What do community practitioners need to know when it comes to advising parents and helping to safeguard children?

England: ‘Red book’ and maternity records are going digital

The child health record ‘red book’ is going digital, along with maternity records, under new plans to modernise neonatal and maternity services.

England: new relationships education for an online world

All schools will teach children about good physical and mental health, how to stay safe online and offline, and the importance of healthy relationships.

Great Britian: infant-feeding website aims to help HVs support parents

A new infant-feeding website will help health visitors encourage breastfeeding and bottle-feeding parents to bond with their babies.

England: first NHS gaming addiction clinic is announced

A London hospital is to launch the first NHS funded internet addiction centre for young people and adults.

England: mums can call on Amazon voice assistant for breastfeeding advice

Public Health England (PHE) is offering mums breastfeeding advice via Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa.

Calling Doctor Google

The rise of the internet has given us all a world of health information at our fingertips. Journalist Juliette Astrup looks at how researching symptoms online impacts on community practitioners.

Global: gaming addiction recognised as a disorder by WHO

Addiction to playing computer games will be listed as a mental health condition for the first time by the WHO.

England: call for schools to help children manage social media

Schools should play a larger role in preparing children for social media’s emotional demands as they move into secondary school, England’s children’s commissioner says.

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