With unique access to many homes and families, members of the fire and ambulance services have a valuable role to play in the ongoing improvement of child safeguarding. FIRE & Ambulance News’ Richard Hook looks at how the NSPCC are working to ensure firefighters and paramedics know how to spot signs of child abuse and where to report these.
It’s easy for parents to be concerned about their children’s eating habits, and tight family budgets alongside clever fast food advertising simply add to the pressure. Public health expert Alison Nelson offers a fascinating account of what children really eat and highlights the real areas for nutritional concern.
Some local authorities are now implementing the MASH information sharing model – and lives could potentially depend upon its success. Andrew Chilvers reports.
New Scottish government statistics have shown that rising costs of childcare and an increasing reliance on support from grandparents are threatening to undermine improvements in child health and development north of the border. Richard Hook investigates.
Although clavicle fractures are relatively common during a vaginal delivery and can often self-resolve, an early diagnosis is preferable for a variety of reasons. Dr Siba Paul and consultant paediatric surgeon David Williamson explain why.
Although skin changes in pregnancy may be a cause of concern for the expectant mum, most are perfectly normal physiological responses, dermatology expert Julie Van Onselen offers reassuring advice on some common ones.
In an excerpt from her report in the December/January edition of Journal of Family Health Care Magazine, editor Penny Hosie looks at the new vision of care standards for the future and considers the impact made by the 6Cs so far.
While failures to protect vulnerable children continue to hit the headlines, leaders in child protection are starting to build integrated teams around new multi-agency safeguarding hubs, commonly referred to as MASH. In the first of a two-part special report, Pavilion Editorial Director Andrew Chilvers delves into the background of key developments, with people on the frontline of delivery.
A persistent wheeze or breathlessness in young children under seven can often result in a diagnosis of asthma, but as Dr Siba Paul explains, there are many differential diagnoses which should also be considered.
Professor Helen Cross offers an illuminating guide to the effective treatment and management of epilepsy.
Introducing babies and toddlers to a wide variety of fruit and vegetable tastes and textures early on pays dividends say Alison Fildes and Dr Lucy Cooke.
Recent tragedies where children have drowned or died on camping trips have reminded us of the fact that accidents can happen anywhere. In this exclusive exerpt from her article in the June edition Journal of Family Health Care, Kristin McCarthy, chief executive of the Child Accident Prevention Trust, highlights some common hazards to look out for.
Independent Registered Dietician, Katie Kennedy, offers a practical guide for parents on specialist and dairy-free milks.
Paediatric dietitian Nicole dos Santos looks at why breakfast is the most important meal of the day – especially for young, developing minds.
Redness and dry skin is commonly be diagnosed as eczema, but there are other skin conditions which can appear similar, but are different. Julie Van Onselen explains why and also discusses how the pigmentation patterns of eczema appear on ethnic skin.
Now that the Health and Social Care Bill has been approved, what key challenges do commissioners face to provide a children’s service that’s fit not just for today’s, but for future generations of children? Alison Wall provides a detailed analysis
Although routine Hib immunisations have significantly reduced the number of infants contracting Hib meningitis Dr Siba Paul and Dr Lilias Lamont advise community practitioners they should remain vigilant
Recent reports highlighted the fact increased numbers of children starting school are having accidents in the classroom. Eileen Jacques from ERIC explains why and offers tips to help reduce incidences of both day and night time wetting
Domestic abuse is a hidden public health problem, says Diana Barran