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Autism in children

Autism can normally be diagnosed in children at around the age of two. In many cases, professional health workers may spot the signs of autism during normal childhood health checks, and this may lead to the child being formally diagnosed. If you think your child may have autism, ask your…

Autism misconceptions

Whether it's at school, work or in social settings, people with autism are often misunderstood. They often suffer discrimination, intolerance and isolation, resulting in many feeling excluded from everyday society. In an attempt to understand the reasons behind this, The National Autistic Society (NAS) commissioned research…

Autism: the facts

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability. On its own, autism is not a learning disability or a mental health problem. But some people with autism have an accompanying learning disability, learning difficulty or mental health problem. Autism is a spectrum condition. This means that while all people with…

Baby and toddler play ideas

Ideas to help your child play and learn You can give your child lots of different opportunities to play, and it doesn't need to be difficult or expensive. Look at books and sing songs and nursery rhymes with your child. It's fun and will help…

Baby and toddler safety

Each year 40,000 under-fives are admitted to hospital following accidents, and lots of these accidents are preventable. Here's how to protect your baby or toddler from some of the commonest accidents that affect young children. Choking Suffocation Strangulation Falls in babies Falls in toddlers Poisoning Burns…

Balance exercises

These simple balance exercises can be done at home to help improve your health and mobility. Don't worry if you've not done much exercise for a while, these balance exercises are gentle and easy to follow.  Wear loose, comfortable clothing and keep some water handy. Build…

Barbecue food safety

Food poisoning cases double over the summer, so remember these simple steps to help keep food safe. Food poisoning is usually mild, and most people get better within a week. But sometimes it can be more severe, even deadly, so it's important to take the risks seriously. Children, older…

Beating bulimia

Bulimia nervosa is often regarded as a condition that affects only young women, but it can affect men and women of any age. Read on to find out what it is and possible causes.  What is bulimia? Bulimia is an eating disorder that is characterised by bingeing…

Before you travel

From travel insurance to vaccinations, here's what to think about before you travel. Start preparing for your trip, especially long trips, 4 to 6 weeks before you go. Read the latest health and safety advice for the country you're travelling using: GOV.UK TravelHealthPro country information Find out if you…

Benefits of breastfeeding

Benefits of breastfeeding It's never too early to start thinking about how you're going to feed your baby. But you do not have to make up your mind until your baby is born. your breast milk is perfectly designed for your baby breast milk protects…
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