Category Archives: children’s health

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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Does my baby need vitamin drops?

The UK Department of Health recommends that all children between 6 months and 5 years receive vitamin supplements.  This is especially important if they are fussy eaters and/or if they fall into a high risk group for Vitamin D deficiency.  … Continue reading

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Is jaundice in the first few days of life serious?

60% of newborn babies born between 37 and 42 weeks gestation look a bit yellow (early onset neonatal jaundice) around about day 2 or 3 of life.  Babies born earlier than 37 weeks are even more likely to be jaundiced.  … Continue reading

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My child has fits with high fevers. Does he have epilepsy?

Probably not.  It is not uncommon for children between the ages of about 6 months and 6 years to have a seizure if their temperature rises quickly to over 38.5 degrees C.  3-4% of children will have had one by … Continue reading

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My baby has a flat head

Most babies with flat heads have something called positional plagiocephaly.  The various “Back to Sleep” campaigns which have happily reduced the incidence of cot deaths have also led to 5-48% of newborns ending up with a rather flat back of their … Continue reading

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What is an “umbilical granuloma”?

When a baby’s umbilical cord drops off, it sometimes leaves a raw area underneath.  The area “granulates” as it heals and leaves a small pink fleshy lump that protrudes out of the baby’s belly button.  It does not cause your baby … Continue reading

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My child won’t eat!

Some children seem to survive on thin air!  So many parents are concerned about this that the paediatric branch of the British Dietetic Association have produced a very helpful leaflet with this cry as its title.  The leaflet is not available … Continue reading

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My 4 month old baby has bad eczema. Could he be allergic to cows’ milk protein?

Possibly, but not necessarily.   The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guideline for eczema in children suggests that health professionals should consider cows’ milk protein allergy (CMPA) in babies under 6 months of age who have not responded … Continue reading

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I think my child strains NOT to poo

Constipation is one of the most common complaints I deal with in my clinics; it is very common amongst toddlers in particular.  To people who have never had to cope with a constipated child it seems such a minor ailment, … Continue reading

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Does my child have asthma?

The answer to this is not as straight forward as the question!  GPs and paediatricians are unwilling to label a child as “asthmatic” too early on in life and indeed it seems to be later and later before we will … Continue reading

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