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1 in 10 Young People Self-Harm: Here’s How to Help

1 in 10 Young People Self-Harm: Here’s How to Help

Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body. It’s usually a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress. Sometimes when people self-harm, they feel on some level that they intend to die. Over half of people who die by suicide have a history of self-harm. However, the intention is more often to punish themselves, express their distress or relieve... 

Beyond Flu What Illness Should You Watch Your Child For

Beyond Flu What Illness Should You Watch Your Child For

Children’s colds It’s normal for a child to have 8 or more colds a year. This is because there are hundreds of different cold viruses and young children have no immunity to any of them as they’ve never had them before. They gradually build up immunity and get fewer colds. Most colds get better in 5 to 7 days. Here are some suggestions on how to ease the symptoms in your child: Make... 

Pneumococcal Infections: What You Need to Know

Pneumococcal Infections: What You Need to Know

Pneumococcal infections are caused by the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria, and range from mild to severe. There are more than 90 different strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae (S. pneumoniae) bacteria (known as serotypes), some of which cause more serious infection than others. The symptoms of a pneumococcal infection can vary, depending on the type of infection you have. Common symptoms include: a... 

Teaching Your Special Needs Child How to Eat On Their Own

Teaching Your Special Needs Child How to Eat On Their Own

Children with special needs can take longer to learn how to eat independently. Read these top tips for mealtimes. Eating a meal can be particularly challenging for children who have disabilities. A lack of fine motor skills (like finding it hard to hold a fork), sensory restrictions (like being paralysed or unable to see) and co-ordination difficulties are some of the many reasons that may delay... 

How To Prevent and Treat Teen Smelly Feet

How To Prevent and Treat Teen Smelly Feet

Smelly feet aren’t fun for anyone, but there is an effective, simple and cheap treatment that you can use at home which will banish foot odour within a week. Medically known as bromodosis, stinky feet are a common year-round problem. The main cause is sweaty feet combined with wearing the same shoes every day. Why feet sweat Anyone can get sweaty feet, regardless of the temperature or... 

Video:  Childhood Squint – How to Identify and Treat It

Video: Childhood Squint – How to Identify and Treat It

John Sloper, a paediatric consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital explains the causes of squints, a misalignment of the eye. He describes how to identify the symptoms and the treatment options.. Editor’s Note: Video Highlights What Is Childhood Squint: Occurs when the two eyes point in different directions and as a result see different things and the brain can’t combine the images –...