Category Archives: children’s health

Why does my 5 year old daughter have an itchy bottom all the time? My doctor says it is not thrush.

Your doctor is right and I wish more doctors said this instead of treating pre-pubertal girls with an itchy bottom for candidiasis or thrush, which is a fungal infection that post-pubertal girls and women get, and is very rare in … Continue reading

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My 13 year old son has started complaining of headaches. How do I know if it’s serious?

Headaches are common in the young (and older) adult population.  They often come on in the teenage years and parents are not sure if they are stress or hormone related or due to the fairly universally poor sleeping habits of … Continue reading

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My two-year-old can only just string two words together. Is she delayed?

A simple rule of thumb is that, by their second birthday, children should be speaking in some two word sentences. This may be things like “mummy gone”. Health visitors know to refer children to speech and language therapists at the … Continue reading

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How can I help my child sleep better?

A child not sleeping as early/late/long/peacefully as his or her parents expect is one of the most common topics of conversation in my consultations – even if that was not the main reason for making the appointment!  If the child … Continue reading

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How to take a child’s heart rate

I spend much of my working time seeing unwell children in a busy A and E department.  Parents are always keen to tell me how high their child’s temperature is but I am far more interested in the child’s heart … Continue reading

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www.offspringthing.com

Please note that, since its launch in February 2013, I am now answering FAQs on children’s health at the parenting lifestyle website called www.offspringthing.com.  Please try there for any topics you can not find here.

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How do I wean my baby with a dairy intolerance?

Many infants will be growing out of their cows milk protein allergy (CMPA) towards the end of their first year.  Weaning starts at 4-6 months and there are some very well written guides to first tastes and weaning stages at … Continue reading

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We are vegetarian. How do I ensure my baby’s diet is adequate?

More and more people are moving away from the heavy meat diets we were used to as children ourselves but lots of us worry about ensuring adequate nutrients when we do that – for ourselves as well as for our babies … Continue reading

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Why has my previously normal 4 year old started to stammer?

5% of children develop stammering (synonym: stuttering) and 80% grow out of it.  It tends to come on around the age of 3 or 4 on the background of normal language development up until that point. It seems that it … Continue reading

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What causes tummy ache in children?

Much of the time we don’t know is the honest answer. There are a number of diagnoses that your GP or paediatrician will try to rule out by asking you and your child lots of questions about the nature of … Continue reading

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