How can we help parents keep their children safe from injury at home?

young dad kissing baby

We’ll wrap up our look at evidence on injuries this week with a move away from sports into the home. Not many of us run marathons, but we all run the risk of injury from everyday hazards and need to think how we can minimize the risks and keep ourselves and our families safe. So [read the full story…]

Healthy mums, healthy children: a child obesity prevention programme

We all know that prevention is better than cure, and I was really interested to come across a recent Australian study which investigated a programme aimed at preventing obesity in children through working with first-time mums. It aimed to influence their behaviour in terms of diet, physical activity and TV viewing time, to reduce the risk [read the full story…]

Does keeping mums and newborns together promote breastfeeding?

What effect does allowing mums and their newborns to stay together 24 hours a day, or separating them for periods of time, have on breastfeeding? The practice of rooming-in, as keeping mothers and infants together has been termed, is recommended in the WHO/UNICEF’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. On Monday I looked at another of the recommendations, on [read the full story…]

Cochrane review finds pacifier use has little effect on breastfeeding by motivated mums

Ask people whether its a good idea to give a baby a dummy or pacifier and you may hear some strong opinions, both for and against. For new mums, its another thing to make a choice about. For breastfeeding infants, their use is somewhat controversial. It has been suggested that babies may develop a preference for the artificial [read the full story…]

Preventing children of substance-affected parents from becoming users

Prevention is better than cure, right? When it comes to preventing drug- and alcohol-misuse, children of substance-abusing parents are a really important group to work with, as they are at higher risk of developing their own subtance-related problems, or other mental health problems, than their peers from non-substance-using families. A new systematic review from Germany has brought [read the full story…]

Exercise by breastfeeding mums did not affect babies growth

Can breastfeeding mums exercise without any negative effects on their milk? There has been some debate about this, particularly with regard to whether lactic acid building up in the mother’s system might alter the taste and make it less acceptable to the baby. It’s intriguing that we still have these kinds of uncertainties around this very [read the full story…]