Immunisation

Dealing with measles

Dealing with measles

Measles is a viral illness that spreads with alarming ease and ferocity. It can be utterly miserable for those who contract it, in some cases it can lead to serious health complications. Thanks to the MMR vaccine, measles is now relatively unusual in the UK. The vaccine is not 100% effective however and not all

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Dealing with chickenpox

Dealing with chickenpox

This common childhood disease is experienced by most little ones at some point. There is now a vaccine available, but it is not widely administered as the symptoms of the illness are generally very mild. Chickenpox manifests as a rash of itchy red spots, that eventually turn into blisters filled with fluid. The blisters then

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Delayed Cord Clamping

Delayed Cord Clamping

Delayed cord clamping is becoming more and more popular and earlier this year the World Heath Organisation recommended that umbilical cords should not be clamped in the first minute following a baby’s birth. So how long should you wait before having the umbilical cord clamped and cut and what are the reasons behind waiting? What

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Taking responsibility for our health

Taking responsibility for our health

The NHS is in the news on a daily basis at the moment, either with news about its potential demise, or reports from patients about the shoddy level of service that they have received. And within the NHS, it’s not least the local doctor, the GP who comes under the firing line very frequently. It

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failure to thrive

Failure to thrive

‘Failing to Thrive’ – these three little words can carry enormous meaning and strike fear into the hearts of parents. The phrase essentially refers to any child that has a current weight, or rate of gaining weight, that is much lower than average for their age and gender. Causes of Failure to Thrive There are

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Have breastfeeding trials been a success

Have vouchers for breastfeeding trials been a success

When the government first announced its ‘Vouchers for Breastfeeding’ scheme there was mixed reaction. The trial scheme was introduced in order to address lower rates of breastfeeding in more deprived areas of the UK. Initially, Mums in three different areas of South Yorkshire and Derbyshire were offered shopping vouchers, valued up to a total of

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