Category Archives: children’s health

My baby has sticky eyes. Does he need antibiotics?

Usually not. If his eyes are very red with copious amounts of pus coming from them and he is less than a month old you should seek medical advice urgently. The majority of babies however just have a blocked duct which … Continue reading

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Is it normal for children to have “bow legs”?

Take a look at this graph that shows you that children tend to have slightly bowed legs (“varus” in medical terminology) when they start to walk which should straighten up around the age of 2 and may then “overshoot” into … Continue reading

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What is “sleep myoclonus”?

Some children briefly jerk – usually their hands and feet – while sleeping.  If it only happens when they are asleep and they are otherwise growing and developing normally they need no investigations and no medications.  YouTube has a good … Continue reading

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What is colic?

If only we knew… As outlined at http://www.helpguide.org/mental/pdf/Colic.pdf, colic is a general term used when a baby cries for more than 3 hours a day for more than 3 days a week.  We are not entirely sure what causes the … Continue reading

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My daughter has head lice again!

So does mine and I am equally exasperated.  80% of cases occur in primary school children and 10% of children have them at any one time.  I am fairly sure it is more than that at my children’s school.  I … Continue reading

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By what age should a child be walking?

The textbooks will tell you “by 18 months”.  However it does depend a bit on what method of locomotion a child is using before he/she gets up and walks.  15% of children never crawl.  They may do a sort of … Continue reading

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My son is 8 and he still wets the bed

So do about 7% of his mates according to a great patient support website on this topic (termed enuresis in medical jargon) called www.eric.org.uk.  And, if you ask his grandparents, you may find that there is a seldom spoken about family … Continue reading

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What is a heart murmur?

Heart murmurs are common in children.  When a doctor listens to a child’s heart with a stethescope, they normally hear a “lub-dub, lub-dub, lub-dub” noise.  Occasionally there is an extra noise so we now hear “lub-shh-dub, lub-shh-dub, lub-shh-dub”. By far … Continue reading

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It is normal for babies to cry

All babies cry.  If they don’t there is something wrong with them.  But it can be very upsetting for parents who can’t quite work out why they are crying.  I had a friend who used to keep a pillow next … Continue reading

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Why do a parenting skills course?

I am a firm believer in parenting skills courses.  Many, if not most, parents of young children nowadays were disciplined physically by their parents when their behaviour was unacceptable.  Parents are now told that that is not an acceptable way to treat … Continue reading

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