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What should I do if my child has an eating disorder?

If your child has been diagnosed with an eating disorder, here's what you can do to help. Talk to them about it Your son or daughter may suddenly become withdrawn, touchy or even rude, which can make talking with your child very difficult - especially if…

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…

Female condoms

A woman can get pregnant if a man's sperm reaches one of her eggs (ova). Contraception tries to stop this happening by keeping the egg and sperm apart or by stopping egg production. One method of contraception is the female condom. At a glance: female…

Measles outbreak: what to do

Measles outbreaks can happen anywhere and at any time. Over the past year, a significant number of confirmed cases of measles among young people have been linked to music festivals and other large public events. There have also been outbreaks in the South West and…

Condoms

A woman can get pregnant if a man's sperm reaches one of her eggs (ova). Contraception tries to stop this happening by keeping the egg and sperm apart or by stopping egg production. One method of contraception is the condom. At a glance: condoms  …

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?…

Going into hospital with a learning disability

Going into hospital is a worrying time for any of us. It can be even harder for someone who has a learning disability. If you're looking after an adult or child with a learning disability, follow these tips to make a hospital stay go smoothly. Preparing a…

Talking to your teenager about sex

Most teenagers would like to talk to their parents or carer about relationships and sex. It might seem difficult, but here are a few ideas on how to start the conversation. However you bring up the topic of sex and relationships, listen to what your…

Contraceptive diaphragm

A woman can get pregnant if a man's sperm reaches one of her eggs (ova). Contraception tries to stop this happening by keeping the egg and sperm apart, or by stopping egg production. One method of contraception is the diaphragm.   At a glance: facts about…

Contraceptive cap

A woman can get pregnant if a man's sperm reaches one of her eggs (ova). Contraception tries to stop this happening by keeping the egg and sperm apart or by stopping egg production. One method of contraception is the cap.   At a glance: facts about…