In this guest blog, Royal College of Midwives Chief Exec Cathy Warwick’s gives her thoughts on Dr Bill Kirkup’s report into Morecambe Bay maternity services and its implications for midwifery.
Munro recommended that authorities provide struggling families with an Early Help Offer, as an addition to universal preventative services. For troubled families with more complex needs Marisa De Jager argues this, aligned with MASH (multi-agency) model, is the most cost-effective form of early intervention
JFHC Editor Penny Hosie went along to Parliament to attend the launch of Diabetes UK’s State of the Nation report and found that good diabetes care is variable and costing lives.
Earlier this year regulatory bodies agreed that goat’s milk formula could be distributed in Europe if it met with specific compositional criteria. Experienced paediatric dietitian Jacqueline Lowdon assesses the milk’s suitability as a credible alternative to cow’s milk formula for women unable to breastfeed.
England’s Chief Medical Officer, Public Health England and accident prevention organisations including the Child Accident Prevention Trust are all united in their call to ask health professionals to help them reduce the number of preventable childhood accidents in the under-5s every year. JFHC & JSH editor Penny Hosie reports.
Why do we need to care about poverty? Ian Leech presents a
strong case that it affects us all, not just those experiencing it. He also
references projects which offer hope of breaking the cycle of worthlessness,
ill health and deprivation experienced by the families and individuals affected
Today, in the UK, 3.7 million children (more than one in
five) are living in absolute poverty (where income is adjusted for inflation)
(DWP, 2014). Under current government policies an expected 600,000 more
children will be dragged into the bracket by 2015/16 (Browne et al, 2013).
Neonatal sepsis is a dangerous and potentially
life-threatening infection. However, raising awareness that the symptoms warrant
a swift hospital referral and treatment can help to reduce infant morbidity. Emily Kirkham, Dr Paul Heaton and
Dr Siba Paul alert you to the key signs
We all accept that a sedentary lifestyle combined with a processed, nutritionally poor diet can affect bodily health and cause chronic diseases, but what effect does such a diet have on a child’s brain, mood and behaviour? The findings by Dr Alex Richardson will both enlighten and disturb you.
The optimum ‘weaning window’ has a long history of causing
parental anxiety, but even health professionals can become confused over the
variable guidelines on offer. Specialist paediatric allergy dietitian Dr Lisa
Waddell casts light on the latest evidence and recommendations.
Colic often causes significant problems beyond just infant discomfort and parental distress. Specialist dietitian Dr Lisa Waddell provides an expert assessment and also suggests how the effective management of dietary and feeding methods can play a key role in easing symptoms.
Although brain tumours in children are surprisingly not uncommon, diagnosis isn’t necessarily always swift. Dr Siba Prosad Paul and Professor David Walker answer seven key questions on children’s brain tumours, from risk factors, diagnosis and treatment to the role health professionals in the community can play in early detection and emotional support.
Influencing good food choices from an early age and encouraging beneficial eating habits can pay health dividends in the future. Kathy Cowbrough explains the reasons why it's important for children to eat well throughout their development.
Modern technology and modern lifestyles mean that most young people, including children as young as five, have unsupervised access to the internet. While this brings great opportunities for education and entertainment it also carries dangers of exploitation and abuse, warns Barbara Richardson Todd who advises school nurses on some key indicator.
Following the birth of the royal baby, leading hypnobirthing expert Katharine Graves examines Kate Middleton's preferred birthing relaxation technique:From a very early age, most of us are led to believe that childbirth is excruciatingly painful. Some women experience a fear so intense that they decide not to have children at all, whilst others suffer with such anxiety throughout their pregnancy that they are unable to lead a normal life. Hypnobirthing techniques help to release fear and build confidence. Over the years I have taught many midwives and health professionals to become hypnotherapy teachers. Click more to read this feature in full.
Clinicians and parents are often reluctant to give medication to pre-school children showing symptoms of ADHD, but psychosocial alternatives may provide an answer; Mary Salmon reports
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.