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Children with a serious condition or special needs

Find out what support is available, and how to get it, if your child has a serious condition or special needs. Learning that your child has a disability or illness is bound to be stressful and upsetting. It's a good idea to get as much information as…

Children's flu vaccine

The children's flu vaccine is offered as a yearly nasal spray to young children to help protect them against flu. Flu can be a very unpleasant illness for children, with potentially serious complications, including bronchitis and pneumonia. At what age should children have the nasal spray flu vaccine?…

Children's flu vaccine side effects

The flu vaccine for children has a good safety record but like all vaccines, some children may experience side effects. The side effects linked with the flu nasal spray vaccine are almost always mild and short-lived. Common side effects of the flu nasal spray vaccine a runny…

Children's food: safety and hygiene

Keep your child safe from food bugs Babies and young children are especially vulnerable to the bacteria that can cause food poisoning. Make sure your baby isn't at risk because of the way you prepare or serve food. Always wash your hands well before preparing food…

Children's headaches

Prof Anne MacGregor gives tips for parents on how to recognise and treat headaches in children. Most children and teenagers get at least one headache a year. They're often different from the headaches that adults get, so parents and healthcare professionals can fail to notice the problem. Headaches, including…

Children's teeth

From brushing their first tooth to their first trip to the dentist, here's how to take care of your children's teeth. A regular teeth-cleaning routine is essential for good dental health. Follow these tips and you can help keep your kids' teeth decay-free:   Toothpaste tips  Start brushing your…

Chilli con carne

A hot and spicy filler that's high on flavour but low in salt. Serves: 2 Time: 50 minutes Ingredients ½ tbsp oil 100g lean mince beef 1 onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 400g can of chopped tomatoes 1 tbsp tomato puree ½…

Choosing a baby car seat

You'll need to buy a baby car seat before your baby is born. It's important to buy one that fits your car and is suitable for a newborn. If you have your baby in hospital or a birth centre, you will need the car seat to…

Choosing a surgeon

If you've decided to have cosmetic surgery, you'll need to choose a surgeon to carry out the procedure. Find out the questions you need to ask to make sure a surgeon is suitably qualified and experienced. This will help to ensure the procedure is as safe as possible. When…

Choosing sports shoes and trainers

Sports shoes are probably the most important piece of fitness equipment you'll buy, so it's vital to pick the right pair. There are big differences in the way various sports shoes support your feet. This means it's not good for your feet if you play football…