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How clean are your kids Teeth?

  Top 10 tips to encourage kids to clean their teeth Getting children to clean their teeth is easier said than done.  As any parent knows, we are bombarded with advice as to what we should do when i…

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Kitchen Hygiene

  What are the most important points for food hygiene in the kitchen? What are the most important points for food hygiene in the kitchen? There are a number of easy steps you can take to make your …

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Kids Hydration - Top 10 Facts & Tips

Mums find it difficult to persuade children to drink enough With summer around the corner, families need to be extra vigilant in ensuring their kids stay adequately hydrated throughout the day. Drink…

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Eczema

  Eczema affects people of all ages but is primarily seen in children. Eczema affects 10% (approx. 6 million) people throughout the UK Eczema affect 20% of babies in the first year of their life 1 …

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Common illnesses

30 of the most common illnesses in children Learn more about common childhood illnesses and medical conditions, like measles, mumps and the common cold.  Catarrh This is uncomfortable as it is an exce…

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Bronchiolitis - the facts

  This particular virus will have infected nearly all children by the time they reach the age of two About 60 per cent of all babies will become infected with RSV before their first birthday. Up to…

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Head Lice

  Getting down to the nitty gritty What can you do when your child brings a case of head lice home from school? Siobhan Mulholland guides you through the facts and the fiction For parents of young …

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Chicken Pox: 5 tips to survive

Your child comes home with a temperature. You pray it’s a mild virus or a dose of the common cold. Of course the magic elixir that is Calpol will fix it. It’s never let you down before. The next morni…

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Protecting children's teeth against decay

30.4% of children are NOT seen on a regular basis by a dentist. 33% have missing teeth or fillings by the age of 5. Your child's teeth are forming in their gums even before birth, so good tooth care s…

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Tips for Cleaning Your House after the Kids are Sick

Despite your best efforts to prevent it, your kids will end up sick at some point or another. As unfortunate as this is, it happens to everyone. The key to quickly coming out of this is to keep the ge…

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Deep Vein Thrombosis

A deep vein thrombosis or DVT occurs when blood forms into a clot (also known as a thrombus), whilst still in the veins. This happens most commonly in the veins of the legs. A DVT causes pain and swel…

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How one woman ran circles around breast cancer

For most people running is a good way to keep fit and healthy but for Jenny Baker it has become her saviour. Jenny had received the devastating news that she had breast cancer just after she turned 5…

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How to Practice Yoga (without hiring a babysitter)

Tip! Read the article all the way to the end – there is an amazing gift waiting for you!You wake up bright and early on Saturday morning. Today is the day I go to yoga, you say to yourself. You're t…

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National Eczema Awareness Week 2016

Eczema is a common problem for little ones, with the skin condition affecting at least 10% of children at some stage, according to The British Skin Foundation. Though it often can be hereditary, irrit…

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Glue Ear

One in five children between the ages of one and three years old will experience glue ear this winter.The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) is warning parents and professionals to be on the look…

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Be Bronchiolitis Aware

Parents are recommended to educate themselves now as the bronchiolitis season starts because bronchiolitis is the most common cause of hospital admissions in children under 1 year oldExperts are warni…

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Parents' First Aid Knowledge Is Dire

More than 70% of parents have sought out emergency First Aid for themselves or their children.At the start of every school holiday, hospitals and doctors know that there will be an increase in acciden…

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Measles

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness spread through the air in droplets of saliva when an infected person coughs or sneezes.The most distinctive symptom of measles are red-brown spots on the b…

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Swine Flu - H1N1 Virus

Many parents are worried about 'Swine Flu' , also called the Influenza A (H1N1) virus, and are confused by the many scare-mongering stories around.Here are the simple facts and some tips on what you c…

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New Glue Ear Cure

Half of the UK's mums and dads think their children are ignoring them when they are probably experiencing genuine hearing problems.When children are accused of ignoring their mums and dads, they may a…

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Croup

Croup is the infantile equivalent of laryngitis - a condition where the voicebox and airways swell up making breathing difficult.Croup is usually caused by a virus and affects children between six mon…

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Slapped Cheek Syndrome

Slapped Cheek Disease or Slapped Cheek Syndrome (erythema infectiosum) is the name given to a bright red rash that appears on the cheeks of people infected by parvovirus B19.The virus is contagious an…

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Bronchiolitis

Bronchiolitis is a disease where the smallest airways of the lungs become swollen and filled with mucus making it difficult to breathe.Bronchiolitis is fairly common, affecting about a third of babies…

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Ear Infections

Ear infections are fairly common, particularly in the winter, and usually follow a cold.Inside the ear becomes swollen causing fluid to be trapped. This allows bacteria and viruses to spread easily. U…

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Cradle Cap

Cradle cap is a condition in babies where they develop a rashy area on their scalp which can be quite greasy, flaky and yellow.It can be compared to an extreme case of dandruff where scaly patches of …

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Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils, which are the small glands found at the back of the throat behind the tongue. The function of these glands isn't completely clear but research suggests that…

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Why Eye Tests For Children Are Important

Up until it was suggested that I went to Vision Express to have my 3 year old's eyes tested, taking Harry for an eye test was something I had only thought about fleetingly. It was something that I  

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Semi-Skimmed Milk Is Best For Toddlers

The Food Standards Agency is urging nurseries to change children's milk.Parents have been told for a long time that they should avoid giving their child low-fat milk, as they need the fat soluble vita…

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Meningitis Charities Warn UK is a European Meningitis Hotspot

The UK's leading meningitis charities have joined forces on World Meningitis Day, to call on parents to educate themselves about bacterial meningitis. Bacterial Meningitis is an illness that kills mor…

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Impetigo

Impetigo is an blistery rash that appears around the nose and mouth and can be spread to other parts of the body.The blisters range in size and can burst easily or take days to burst. After they have …

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Heart Murmurs

Heart murmurs are extra sounds that can be heard through a stethoscope when listening to the heart.Normally, a heartbeat makes a 'lub-dub' sound. The 'lub' is the sound made when the first set of valv…

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Meningitis

The meninges are a system of membranes which cover the central nervous system (CNS) and when these become infected it is known as meningitis.The purpose of the menginges is to act as a barrier between…

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Whooping Cough

Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a serious infectious disease which can be fatal to young babies.It occurs when the lining of the breathing airways is infected, causing the airways swell and produce e…

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Top Ten Tips for Eczema

Below is some helpful advice if you or your little one suffers from eczema.1. Drink more water. People with eczema may lose fluid through the surface of the skin. When they become dehydrated their ec…

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Ringworm

Ringworm is a fungal infection common in children that presents as a rash of ring shapes on the chest, back, stomach, thighs or scalp.Ringworm on the scalp can often be confused with cradle cap as it …

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Colic

'Colicky' is the word used to describe babies that cry inconsolably despite the fact they are otherwise completely healthy.Colic is a very common problem in young babies and signs usually start when t…

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Bug-Free Bairns

Families are all about sharing, right?So, having carefully inculcated your offspring with this virtuous precept, how can you object when they thoughtfully bring an astonishing range of coughs, colds a…

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Can I Prevent Winter Illnesses?

At this time of year, parents with small babies often wonder how to keep them healthy and safe from common winter illnesses. Because babies born prematurely are at higher risk, the charities Bliss an…

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Norovirus - The Winter Vomiting Bug

Every year the norovirus, which is also better known as the winter vomiting bug - spreads through the UK like wildfireWhat is a norovirus?Noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause gastroenteritis …

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Mumps

Mumps is a viral infection spread through airborne droplets which are expelled when an infected person coughs or sneezes.The infection affects the parotid salivary glands which are located just below …

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The Silent Killer

Ovarian cancer is the fourth most common female cancer, mainly affecting women over the age of fifty, often in the prime of their lives.Nearly 7,000 women are newly diagnosed each year, compared with …

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Babies Born with Thin Placenta TWICE as Likely to Die of Sudden Heart Failure

Doctors should take measurements of the placenta at birth to identify babies who are at risk of sudden cardiac death.New research has revealed that babies born with a thin placenta are more than twice…

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What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy is a general term for a number of neurological conditions affecting the brain & nervous system, which can impact upon a child's movement & co-ordination.Around 1 in every 400 children i…

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Cold and Flu - Myths and Truths

Your mother may have been right - you do need to wrap up warm to ward off colds and flu.Recent research by Professor Ron Eccles at the Common Cold Centre at Cardiff University has found that getting w…

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Be Meningitis Wise!

Reports of children who appear 'a bit off colour' but within hours are fighting for their lives from meningitis strike fear into the hearts of parents everywhere.With time being of the essence it's cr…

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New Device Banishes Kegels Apathy

A device from the USA is set to make incontinence a thing of the past for some of the 3 - 6 million estimated sufferers in the UK.The Athena Pelvic Muscle Trainer® is the most advanced home-use pe…

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Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease, caused by coxsakievirus A, is characterised by sores that appear on the hands, feet and in the mouth.It is most common in young children and can be spread by coughing, sn…

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Bladder Weakness

Given that bladder weakness affects 1 in 4 women and can happen at any age, you'd think they would teach us about it at schoolCertainly, if they did, then most of us seem to have missed that lesson! H…

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What Is Implantation Bleeding?

Implantation bleeding is light bleeding which can occur when an egg which has just been fertilised attaches itself to the wall of the womb.When a fertilised egg is implanting, the tissue around the eg…

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Chickenpox

If chickenpox is anywhere near you, it probably won't be too long before your child catches it. Here are some of the most common points to help you cope with your itchy, poorly child! Chickenpox is …

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Jaundice

Jaundice is the name given when babies develop a yellow tinge in their skin a few days after birth.Over half of all healthy babies are affected by jaundice and it is particularly common in premature b…

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Eczema Treatment

Emollients are recognised by experts as being the most important treatment for eczema, particularly in babies and children under 12In practice though many parents know that using emollient treatments …

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Flu - The True Facts and Figures

Every day we read different stories and information about influenza. Here are some interesting facts and figures about influenza, or the flu, in the UK. Last year, 602 people died with flu. Of the 58…

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Vaccinations - MMR and Measles

Professor David Salisbury, Director of Immunisation at the Department of Health, answers questions about the MMR and Measles jabs.He explains why vaccinations are important and what the symptoms of me…

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Baby Died After Mum's Kiss

Newborn baby Jennifer Schofield died because her mother kissed herThe inquest in Lancashire heard that the baby died from Herpes Simplex virus in in November 2006. Little Jennifer was barely 11 days o…

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Playgroups Cut Leukaemia Risks

Children who go to playgroups or day-care reduce their risk of the most common type of childhood leukaemia by around 30%, a study estimates.Researchers reviewed 14 studies involving almost 20,000 chil…

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Working Mums Stress Over Sick Children

Caring for sick children is contributing to stress in the workplace according to a new study by the Hygiene Council.Half of parents find juggling work and a sick child difficult to manage, yet few rea…

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10 Top Tips to Help Parents Fight Fatigue

At times, juggling responsibilities, family time, work, and social events can all get a bit much and we can often end up feeling like we're in a bit of a trance.As parents we often try to squeeze the …

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Your Baby's Immune System

As a microbiologist and an expectant mother the question of 'How sterile an environment should we bring our babies up in?' is often asked of me. Recently I have been thinking about this question more …

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New Meningitis Vaccine One Step Closer

The Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) welcomed news last week that a potentially lifesaving vaccine to prevent MenB is one step closer after being given approval by the European Medicines Agency (…

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Children and Allergies

Lindsey McManus from the leading national medical charity, Allergy UK, explains why children can develop allergy and what you can do if you think your child is displaying allergic symptoms.At Allergy …

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Hormone Therapy Ovarian Cancer Breakthrough

Research at Edinburgh University has revealed that a hormone therapy treatment used to tackle breast tumours can also be successful in combating ovarian cancer.The study found that patients' lives cou…

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Temperature and Meningitis

75% of parents are not confident about diagnosing illness in their own children.Nearly half of the parents who responded in a new survey are not aware of the normal body temperature range of babies an…

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Fear of Rickets as Lack of Vitamin D in Children Grows

Rickets is on the rise again and our children are facing major health problems because they simply aren't getting enough vitamin D.New research has revealed that more than a quarter of all toddlers in…

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Do Children Need Vitamin D Supplements?

Small children need vitamin D to keep their bones strong and healthy, yet they rarely get the amount of Vitamin D they need from the food they're eating.If newspapers and online stories are to be beli…

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The Flu Jab

Pregnant women are putting themselves and their babies at risk by being amongst the least likely to have the seasonal flu jab..Less than half of pregnant women were vaccinated during the last flu seas…

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Childhood Obesity

Childhood Obesity and Your Baby: What Can You Do to Prevent It?Below we have a few tips which can be followed on a daily basis to help you try to prevent your children from becoming obese at a young …

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The Doctors Thought We Were Neurotic Parents

Alfie was born at Luton and Dunstable Hospital on 9th January 2007, after a long 36 hour labour he was eventually delivered by emergency ventouse. He was a healthy boy weighing 7lbs 4oz.For the first …

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The Heads Up on Head Lice

In India, the neem tree is known by the people as the village pharmacy as it is thought to hold the key to many health problems from rheumatism and heat rashes to head lice.Neem leaves, seeds and oil …

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Did You Know The Blood Bike Group Deliver Breast Milk?

You might not have heard of Blood Bike groups, but they could have saved your life.Blood Bike groups provide a voluntary courier service for the NHS, transporting blood, breast milk and other emergenc…

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Children's Liver Disease - Are You Yellow Alert?

Many babies are jaundiced to some degree but did you know that if it goes on for more than two weeks after birth it may be the sign of liver disease?Children's Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF) is dedic…

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Premature Babies and Necrotising Enterocolitis

Necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) is a potentially deadly bowel condition that mostly affects premature babies.Cameron Shearer's story is one of many real world accounts of occasions where early screeni…

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Circumcision - A Cut Below

Circumcision has been practised for centuries for religious, cultural and hygienic reasons ... ...but it 's a controversial issue as Lucy Atkins reportsFor some people the idea of allowing a scalpel a…

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Understanding The Causes Of Cerebral Palsy

Around 1 in every 400 children in the UK is affected by cerebral palsy, with approximately 1,800 babies diagnosed with the condition every year.The term 'cerebral palsy' is a general term which covers…

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The Importance of Understanding Cystic Fibrosis

In light of CF being the UK 's most common genetic disease, it is vital parents understand the common gene defect and what the symptoms are in newborns.For those unaware of a family history of CF or u…

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Breastfeeding After Breast Augmentation Surgery

IntroductionIn 2010, over 318,000 women had breast augmentation surgery. This is the most popular procedure that can provide women with a heightened self-esteem and can allow them to feel less self-co…

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Why Sleep Is Important

Children who are one or two years old probably need around 14-15 hours total sleep each day.Teenagers, with their odd late night body clocks, still require 9-9.5 hours on average to function properly…

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Childhood Obesity versus Body Image

Obesity is one of the most serious health epidemics facing our society today, with one in three children currently overweight or obese in the UK.At the same time, as parents we are constantly aware of…

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What is Cord-Blood Banking?

On the day you deliver your baby, you'll probably be overcome with visions of the future with your child Those first smiles and steps, birthday parties and sports events, and holidays and life milesto…

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