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  1. Separation anxiety

    Babies and toddlers often get clingy and cry if you or their other carers leave them, even for a short time. Separation anxiety and fear of strangers is common in young children between the ages of six months and three years, but it's a normal part…
  2. Does your child have a serious illness?

    It can be difficult to tell when a baby or toddler is seriously ill, but the main thing is to trust your instincts. You know better than anyone else what your child is usually like, so you'll know when something is seriously wrong. Signs of…
  3. Your baby's weight and height

    Steady weight gain is one of the signs that your baby is healthy and feeding well. It's normal for babies to lose some weight in the first few days after birth. Your baby will be weighed during their first two weeks to make sure they're…
  4. Exercise in pregnancy

    The more active and fit you are during pregnancy, the easier it will be for you to adapt to your changing shape and weight gain. It will also help you to cope with labour and get back into shape after the birth. Keep up your…
  5. Don't be an ostrich!

    You're over 40, you're a bloke and you get a letter from your GP inviting you to an NHS Health Check to assess your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.  What do you do? a) Chuck the letter in the bin because you…
  6. 'My blood pressure was too high'

    Jane Hudson: "My NHS Health Check was a wake-up call." Jane Hudson, aged 70 at the time of her NHS Health Check, is from Emley, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. She lives with her husband and has one son and two daughters. Last year, Jane received a…
  7. Boost your quality of life

    If your NHS Health Check shows you have a higher risk of developing vascular disease, it's reassuring to know that by leading a healthier life you'll improve your chances of living longer and improve your quality of life. Taking simple steps to improve your lifestyle - such…
  8. 'NHS Health Check helped my dad'

    Dr Dawn Harper: "My dad's future is very different now." Known to millions as TV medical presenter "Dr Dawn" on Channel 4, Dr Dawn Harper says she has a very personal reason for wanting people to get an NHS Health Check. Dr Dawn, who is also a GP…
  9. Testing for the biggest killers

    The NHS Health Check will assess your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia. Once you know your risk, you'll be given advice and assistance to help you reduce it. What's the link between heart disease, stroke, diabetes,…
  10. Why should I have an NHS Health Check?

    Think of the NHS Health Check as a midlife MOT. It's not only an opportunity to put right emerging problems, but to get personalised advice on keeping yourself healthy and active in the future. The NHS Health Check is based on the best scientific evidence…
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