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  1. Medicines for children

    Coughs, colds, stomach upsets and scraped knees are all a part of growing up. They're easier to deal with if you have a few essential medicines to hand. Click on the links below to go straight to: Side effects in children's medicines Relieving your child's temperature Treating…
  2. Dealing with acne

    Acne usually starts in puberty, but it affects adults too. Around 80% of teenagers get some form of acne, and there are many myths about what causes it. Here are the facts and details of treatments. Acne consists of spots and painful bumps on the skin. It's…
  3. Child vaccination appointment checklist

    When your baby or child is due for a routine vaccination, you may receive a notice in the post, detailing an appointment. You should let your GP practice know if you are unable to attend the vaccination appointment. They will be able to rearrange your child's appointment, but it…
  4. How to treat head lice and nits

    Having head lice, also called nits, doesn't mean you're dirty. Children are most commonly affected, but anyone with hair can catch them. Head lice are tiny insects that live in human hair. They're very small (about the size of a sesame seed) and are browny-grey in…
  5. Travelling with children

    From pool safety to sun protection, these simple steps will help your children stay safe and healthy on holiday. Pool safety Children need to be watched constantly. Don't depend on a lifeguard, who may not be trained to UK standards. What to pack Swimming aids, such as armbands,…
  6. Pain and your emotions

    If you have long-term pain you may be anxious about what it means, how long it will last and how much it interferes with your daily life. This can mean you dwell on the pain and it can start to take control of the way you live…
  7. Sun safety advice

    Advice for adults and children on sun protection, including: sunscreen clothing eczema  sunburn moles What sun protection factor (SPF) should I use? Sunscreen is not an alternative to covering up with suitable clothing and seeking shade, but it does offer additional protection if applied correctly.…
  8. Cosmetic surgery: is it right for you?

    Having cosmetic surgery, such as breast implants or rhinoplasty (nose job), is a big decision. Consultant psychologist Eileen Bradbury suggests the 10 questions to ask yourself before deciding whether you want it. Bradbury specialises in the psychology of appearance, and has worked for 20 years with people who are considering…
  9. Legal highs

    Find out about the health risks of legal highs and when to seek medical help. Legal highs are substances that have similar effects to illegal drugs like cocaine or cannabis. They are sometimes called club drugs or new psychoactive substances (NPS). Many of these drugs are…
  10. Skin-lightening risks

    Non-prescription creams that claim to bleach or lighten your skin can be harmful. A survey carried out by the British Skin Foundation found 16% of dermatologists believe lightening creams are completely unsafe, and 80% feel they are only safe when prescribed by a dermatologist. Illegal…
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