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Tops Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe in the Sun

Tops Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe in the Sun

While it feels like the Costa Del Limerick this week, don’t forget that you don’t need to be on a beach to be vigilant about sun safety. While, as a nation, we’re slightly obsessed about Vitamin D deficiency, it’s all about balance: Babies under 6 months should be kept in the shade and remember to watch out for tiny toes ... Read More »

“Beyond the Stork and Cabbage Patch”

“Beyond the Stork and Cabbage Patch”

Children start to learn about their bodies as soon as they are born.  Babies learn about themselves through touch and by watching and imitating others so cuddles, hugs and kisses from their parents and family are essential. It is important that they see affectionate behaviour between family members as well. Babies begin exploring their bodies from an early age–busy fingers ... Read More »

Beyond the ‘Baby Blues’: Recognising & Supporting Post Natal Depression

Beyond the ‘Baby Blues’: Recognising & Supporting Post Natal Depression

Becoming a mother is expected to be a joyous and happy occasion, full of Kodak moments.  The transition to motherhood is a period of intense change – physically, emotionally and mentally – that can be incredibly overwhelming. When the dreams about motherhood don’t always match the realities, it can be both frustrating and disappointing. At first, when they come home ... Read More »

Nurturing Your Child’s Health Starts with Your Own

Nurturing Your Child’s Health Starts with Your Own

We all know the feeling—you’re multi-tasking furiously between dinner, homework, activities, bed-time…Then, finally, quiet descends in the household, and you have a moment to yourself …And, then you fall asleep. As parents, we can be pulled in hundreds of directions on a daily basis as we try to meet the needs of those around us.  Most of us have become ... Read More »

Caring for Unwell People, Big and Small

Caring for Unwell People, Big and Small

It started at 5 am on Monday with ‘mom I feel very hot’. The feverish 9 year-old was given Calpol, a hug and brought back to bed, while the toddler decided it was obviously getting up time. Fast forward a couple of very busy days in work and we end up in a late-night, walk-in clinic where the doctor informs ... Read More »

Top Tips for Baby & Child Immunisations

Top Tips for Baby & Child Immunisations

Needles are never pleasant but there are a few steps that might ease the ‘ouch’ factor: * For babies, cuddle them closely. Feeding before or afterwards can offer quick comfort. * For toddler and older children, give them notice of what will be happening. A surprise shot could lead to fear or mistrust around doctor’s visits. * Explain that they ... Read More »

Top Tips for Staying Healthy and Active as a Family

Top Tips for Staying Healthy and Active as a Family

Getting active can be a great way to have fun together and improve the health of all the family. If your child hasn’t been very active, start slowly with bursts of 15 to 30 minutes. Add activities over time until they reach the goal of at least 60 minutes a day. Build activity into your daily routine—walk to school or ... Read More »

Supporting Positive Mental Health in Your Child

Supporting Positive Mental Health in Your Child

One of the greatest challenges for parents is making sure our children are happy and confident in themselves and able to deal with the challenges they face in the wider world. When they are home, we can protect them and keep them safe. But, once they start school and their friends and peers become increasingly important to them, it can ... Read More »

Tackling Child Obesity

Tackling Child Obesity

Don’t Worry – Help is on hand! We all want our children to grow up to be happy, healthy adults. But it can sometimes be hard to know how. Unfortunately, more and more of our children are carrying extra weight – which is increasing their risk of health conditions like heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and even cancer later in ... Read More »

Encouraging more sleep 

Encouraging more sleep 

Did you know? Children who don’t get enough sleep may be at increased risk of becoming overweight. Remember the younger your child is the more sleep they need. As parents, we’re very aware of the health risks for our children from everyday habits like too many “treat” foods, too many sugary drinks or not being active enough. But did you ... Read More »