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Charities for disabled children/SEN/additional needs

Links to charities for disabled children and young people General UK-based charities helping disabled children and young people Contact a Family (CAF) for families with disabled children Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity The ACE Centre Self Help UK - Guide to patient support and self help  Seesaw -…

'My learning disability'

Sinead Dobbin, 25 when interviewed, is a charity worker from Trafford. She goes to college and likes swimming, shopping and meeting her friends. Here she talks about life with a learning disability. "I work as an office assistant for United Response [a charity supporting people with learning disabilities].…

Reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

It's not known why some babies die suddenly and for no apparent reason from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or cot death. Experts do know placing a baby to sleep on their back reduces the risk, and exposing a baby to cigarette smoke or allowing them…

Beat the bloat

Get rid of bloating by cutting out fizzy drinks and foods that cause wind. Sit down to eat and take regular exercise. Most of us have experienced the feeling of being bloated, when your tummy is stretched, puffy and uncomfortable. It often happens after a big…

10 medical reasons for feeling tired

Any serious illness, such as cancer or stroke, or recovering from medical treatments can make you tired. But other illnesses can also leave you feeling washed out.  What's the difference between tiredness and fatigue? We all experience tiredness at times, which can be relieved by…

Special educational needs (SEN)

If your child has a learning disability, their special educational needs (SEN) can be met either in a mainstream school with extra support, or in a special school. If your child has special educational needs, they will be able to access help, called SEN support, from: nurseries or…

Good foods to help your digestion

The occasional fry-up or boozy night is unlikely to give you anything more than a short-lived stomach upset. But overindulge too often and you could be storing up trouble for yourself. Here's a tummy-friendly diet to aim for. Fill up on fibre to prevent constipation…

Nine medical reasons for putting on weight

Most people put on weight because they eat and drink more calories than they burn through everyday movement and body functions. But in some cases, your weight gain may be due to an underlying health condition. Here are nine medical issues that can cause weight gain. Underactive…

Five lifestyle tips for a healthy tummy

Digestive problems and stomach upsets can be prevented, relieved and even banished by simple lifestyle changes. Beat stress to ease tummy troubles You may have noticed a feeling of unease in your stomach during times of stress. That's because anxiety and worry can upset the delicate balance…

Managing weight with a learning disability

If you care for a person with a learning disability, they may need help and support to stay a healthy weight. People with a learning disability are more likely to have problems with their weight. Some people may be underweight because their disability means they have difficulties…