NewsTag: children

Staring at screens too long 'can change structure of child's brain'

Wednesday 12th December 2018 - Joseph Archer - Irish Independent

Young people who spend more than seven hours a day staring at a screen have different brain structures compared to the average child, according to a landmark US study. The research, funded by the National Institute of Health and led by the University of California, San Diego, found children w... Read more →

Be careful giving medicine to children

Thursday 23rd March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Parents are being reminded to be particularly cautious when giving medicines to children, as an incorrect dose can be harmful. According to the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), the correct dose of medicine can vary depending on a child's age, weight and symptoms and as children grow, dosages can change.... Read more →

Smartphones disrupting children's sleep

Tuesday 1st November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Children who use screen-based media devices at bedtime, such as smartphones and tablets, are much more likely to get poor sleep, which can have major consequences for their overall health, a new study has found. Welsh researchers carried out a review of 20 studies involving more than 125,000 childr... Read more →

Kids unaware of risk of approaching some dogs

Wednesday 14th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

While young children understand that they should not approach angry dogs, they do not realise they should be just as cautious around frightened dogs, a conference in Belfast has been told. According to UK researchers, young children are at the highest risk of being bitten by a dog. They decided to ... Read more →

Mealtimes a major source of drama

Tuesday 6th September 2016 - Deborah Condon -

Most parents find it difficult to get their children to eat at family mealtimes, with almost one in four resorting to bribery to get their little ones to eat dinner, new research by the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) has found. The charity carried out an online poll as part of its annual September He... Read more →

Teacher-student relationship key to behaviour

Wednesday 17th August 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

With thousands of children getting ready to go back to school shortly, a new study has found that those who have a positive relationship with their teachers when they are around 10 or 11 years old, appear to behave better for up to four years. According to the findings, a good teacher-student relat... Read more →

Children struggling with parental separation

Thursday 21st July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Parental separation is a source of major anxiety for children, however the legal processes involved in separation, such as family courts and custody arrangements, are not child-centred and this can increase the distress of young people, the ISPCC has warned. Launching its Annual Report 2015, t... Read more →

Many parents concerned about social media

Tuesday 19th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Very few parents believe that social media sites are a positive influence on their children, with many concerned about the anger and hostility displayed by users, a new survey has found. Over 1,700 parents of children aged 11 to 17 took part in the UK survey, however just 15% said that they thought... Read more →

Bedwetting has major impact on children

Friday 17th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Bedwetting can have a big impact on the emotional state of children, with many worrying that their friends will find out and others worrying about overnight trips or sleepovers, a new survey has found. Almost 400 parents who have a child or children over the age of five who wet the bed, took part i... Read more →

More hospice services for children needed

Wednesday 25th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

More hospice and palliative care services are urgently needed for children in Ireland, LauraLynn has said. LauraLynn is the only dedicated children's hospice in the State. It provides palliative care and support to children with life-limiting conditions. An estimated 4,000 children in Ireland are c... Read more →

Irish children getting too many treats

Monday 9th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over 40% of parents in Ireland give their children treat foods, such as crisps and chocolate, at least once a day, new research has found. According to the findings from Safefood, children under the age of five are given the most treats, with 50% getting a treat food ‘at least once a day or m... Read more →

Sugar tax will not solve nation's dental crisis

Friday 22nd April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Many Irish children have high levels of tooth decay, but introducing a sugar tax to tackle this ‘will not provide a miraculous quick fix solution', dentists have warned. According to the Irish Dental Association (IDA), studies show that around half of all Irish 12-year-olds and three-quarters... Read more →

At least 1% of Irish children have autism

Monday 4th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

At least 1% of children in Ireland have autism, which is similar to rates in the UK and US, a new study has shown. Autism, also known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a biological disorder of the brain that impairs communication and social skills. Signs can include an absence of eye contact, a... Read more →

Children waiting up to five years for eye care

Wednesday 23rd March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Children who require eye care in the public system have to wait up to five years to be seen depending on where they live, the Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI) has said. It is calling on the next Government to tackle these ‘unacceptable delays'. In a submission to all newly-elected T... Read more →

Antibiotic resistance high among children

Monday 21st March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are usually treated with antibiotics, however a new study has found that these drugs may be ineffective when used on children, as antibiotic resistance is high among this population. The discovery and development of effective antibiotics in the 1940s and 1950s meant ... Read more →

Kids not active enough in winter

Monday 29th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Children are not active enough during the winter and need to be given more opportunities to exercise during this time, new research suggests. Children are recommended to undertake at least 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous activity, such as brisk walking, running and sport. UK researchers... Read more →

Wicklow could lead way with 'no-fry zone'

Tuesday 9th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Wicklow could lead the way for other counties in Ireland by creating a ‘no-fry zone' close to schools in order to protect children's health. The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Policy Group on Obesity has made a submission as part of the public consultation process on the new Wicklow C... Read more →

Post-separation contact 'facilitates abuse'

Tuesday 21st July 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women and children who have left homes where they were abused, risk further abuse because of post-separation contact between children and their fathers, a new study has found. A researcher at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) looked at post-separation fathering in families where the father was known to ... Read more →

Packaging key to kids' food choices

Wednesday 1st July 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Children are more likely to reach for healthy foods if the packaging appeals to them, a new study has found. "The food industry has a lot of experience in using marketing effects to increase product sales amongst children. By comparison, there is very little knowledge about how such marketing effec... Read more →

Ireland's smacking law criticised

Wednesday 27th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The controversial issue of parents smacking their children is being highlighted again after the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) found that Ireland has violated a European charter by not banning all corporal punishment. Earlier this week, the ISPCC called on the Government to introduce a ... Read more →

Bowel cancer risk for overweight teens

Tuesday 26th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Teenagers who are very overweight may be much more likely to develop bowel cancer later in life, a new study has found. It is already known that obesity in adulthood can increase the risk of this disease, however it is unclear what impact excess weight in adolescence may have. Swedish and US resear... Read more →

Kids' nightmares linked to psychosis

Friday 22nd May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Children who experience persistent nightmares may be more likely to suffer psychotic symptoms in their late teens, a new study suggests. Psychosis refers to a mental state in which a person is detached from reality and experiences a number of abnormal symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions and ... Read more →

Irish women having kids later in life

Thursday 14th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The proportion of women in Ireland giving birth for the first time in their 40s is higher than the EU average, new figures have shown. According to the figures released by Eurostat, overall, women giving birth for the first time here are slightly older than the EU average. Currently, the majority o... Read more →

Parents think overweight kids 'about right'

Friday 8th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Most parents perceive their overweight children to be ‘about the right weight', a new study has found. This week, new figures from the World Health Organization predicted that if things do not change, Ireland is on course to become the fattest country in Europe, with almost all adults being o... Read more →

Unsupported dads linked to kids' bad behaviour

Thursday 7th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A child's behaviour is more likely to be troublesome in families in which the father does not feel supported by his partner, a new study has shown.It is already widely acknowledged that the way parents work together can have a big impact on the behaviour of children. However, little research has bee... Read more →

1 in 5 kids think nuggets are healthy

Wednesday 29th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

At least one in five Irish children aged between six and 12 years think that chicken nuggets are healthy, while a similar number believe that dried fruits and nuts are unhealthy, a new survey has found.According to the findings, one in nine children also consider apples to be unhealthy.The survey of... Read more →

Childline getting calls from suicidal kids

Tuesday 21st April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

More than 300 children who were at urgent risk of suicide called Childline last year, the ISPCC has revealed. The children's charity, which runs the Childline service, said that over 1,000 children made contact last year about issues relating to suicide and of these, over 300 ‘had already act... Read more →

Kids' bedrooms should be screen-free

Monday 20th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Parents are being urged to keep televisions and phones out of children's bedrooms, as these may be impacting on the amount of sleep young people are getting. The call comes from Safefood, which has just launched the latest phase of its ongoing campaign to reduce childhood obesity. An increasing amo... Read more →

Schools still providing unhealthy foods

Friday 10th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Many secondary schools are continuing to offer their students unhealthy foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar, the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) has claimed. It carried out a survey of 39 post-primary schools and found that over half (51%) offered their students non-chilled snacks, including sw... Read more →

Low support for free GP care for under-6s

Wednesday 8th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

While most people are in favour of free healthcare, the vast majority do not believe that providing free GP care to all children aged five and under should be the first step towards this, a new survey has found. The survey of 1,000 adults was carried out last month on behalf of the National Associa... Read more →

Main type of disability in kids is intellectual

Tuesday 31st March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

At least two in three children with disabilities in Ireland have multiple disabilities, new research has found. According to a new report, which has just been published by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and the National Disability Authority (NDA), children with disabilities are m... Read more →

Medicine warning for parents of young kids

Thursday 26th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Parents are being urged to be particularly careful when giving medicines to children, as an incorrect dose or certain drug combinations could harm their child. According to the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), parents must pay particular attention to how much medicine they are giving a child. Too little... Read more →

Dangers of liquitabs to kids highlighted

Thursday 19th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Parents and childminders are being reminded of the importance of keeping liquid detergent capsules out of children's reach. Also known as liquitabs, these products are made up of concentrated liquid detergent within a soluble package which breaks down after coming into contact with water. They can ... Read more →

The battle for our children's health

Monday 16th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The Government is being urged to automatically grant medical cards to children with severe disabilities. The call comes from national campaign, Our Children's Health, which is working to ensure that any child diagnosed with a serious illness or congenital condition is entitled to a full medical car... Read more →

GPs get fee offer for under six scheme

Tuesday 3rd March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

GPs are likely to be offered around €100 a year per child under the Government's plans for free GP care for children under six years of age. The payment from the State to GPs is expected to be set at around €75 a year for each child under six on their lists, plus €25 a year if the do... Read more →

Govt 'failing' kids in poverty

Monday 23rd February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The Government has received an ‘F' grade for its treatment of children living in poverty. The Children's Rights Alliance (CRA) has just published its annual Report Card, which every year grades the Government's performance on issues relating to children against its stated commitments in the 2... Read more →

Naps beyond 2 may not benefits kids

Wednesday 18th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Children who nap beyond the age of two may have poorer sleep quality overall, a new study suggests. The length and quality of sleep toddlers get over a 24-hour period has a major impact on their health and development. By the time a child is two, they are usually getting most of their sleep at nigh... Read more →

Warning about detergent child poisoning risk

Wednesday 11th February 2015 - Paul Cullen -

Paracetamol and liquid detergent capsules were the most common causes of infant poisoning cases handled by a Dublin children’s hospital according to a new study. Drugs accounted for over half of the poisoning cases reported to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, but the appear... Read more →

Most GPs oppose under-6 scheme - NAGP

Tuesday 10th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

GPs have insisted that Health Minister, Leo Varadkar, has underestimated the amount of opposition to the proposed scheme of free care for children under the age of six. In recent days, the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP), which represents around half of the country's 2,300 GPs,... Read more →

Lab to benefit kids with heart problems

Friday 6th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A new state of the art laboratory, which will benefit children with heart problems, is being built at Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin (OLCHC). The hospital is the national centre for the provision of cardiac surgery for children and this new Hybrid Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory will rec... Read more →

Pre-pregnancy health linked to child obesity risk

Tuesday 3rd February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women who improve their health before they become pregnant could reduce their child's risk of becoming obese later in life, a new study indicates. There is already a growing body of evidence that suggests that a child's life in the womb and soon after birth can affect their risk of obesity. While s... Read more →

Big wait for kids' dermatology service

Thursday 29th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Children who need to access dermatology services at Temple Street Children's Hospital now face being placed on an additional waiting list due to a lack of specialists, the Irish Skin Foundation (ISF) has warned. Previously, children were placed on one of two waiting lists - urgent cases and those o... Read more →

Flesh bug a bigger child killer than meningitis

Friday 23rd January 2015 - CLODAGH SHEEHY -

SEVEN children have died from a flesh-eating bug which has been spreading over the past two years – and is now killing far more children than meningitis. Over half of the 66 children who contracted it had to be treated in intensive care units, and 70pc of these needed surgery. The invasive G... Read more →

Smartphones reduce kids' sleep

Thursday 22nd January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Children who sleep in the same room as their smartphone may be getting less sleep every night, a new study has found. The US study involved over 2,000 children aged nine and 12, the majority of whom had some sort of small screen, such as a smartphone, by their bed at night. The researchers found t... Read more →

Kids' sleep quality affects maths skills

Friday 16th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Children who get a good night's sleep perform better in maths and languages, a new study suggests. Canadian researchers looked at the link between sleep efficiency and academic performance in children. Sleep efficiency is a term used to described the quality of a person's sleep. It takes into accou... Read more →

Fast food affects kids' academic skills

Thursday 8th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Children who eat fast food may have poorer academic skills, a study has found.The consumption of fast food has already been linked to a number of health problems in children, including an increased risk of obesity, but US researchers wanted to investigate whether this type of food also affects how c... Read more →

Free GP care for under sixes may be ready by Q2 next year

Friday 19th December 2014 - RTE -

The HSE has said it hopes to implement free GP care for children under six years by the second quarter of next year.It also plans to have completed implementation of recommendations in the Keane Report on medical card eligibility by the final quarter of next year.The HSE 2015 national service plan w... Read more →

Not enough sleep ups kids' obesity risk

Thursday 11th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Children who do not get enough sleep or who have sleep-related breathing problems may have an increased risk of becoming obese by the age of 15, a new study suggests.According to US researchers, in recent years, ‘lack of sleep has become a well-recognised risk for childhood obesity'. Sleep-dis... Read more →

Poor children 50% more likely to have health problems

Tuesday 7th October 2014 - Alison Healy - Irish Times

Report finds one in six three-year-olds have a serious long-standing health condition. 6,600 children have been diagnosed with asthma or asthma symptoms. One in six three-year-olds, or 11,000 children, have a serious long-standing health condition, according to a report from the Institute of Public... Read more →

Children’s hospitals say no decisions made about future use of sites

Tuesday 26th August 2014 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

Sale of hospitals at Crumlin, Temple Street or Tallaght could raise millions of euro to offset cost of new project, estimated at €650m. The three Dublin children’s hospitals say no decisions have been made about the future use of their buildings and land once the new national children&rsq... Read more →

Health guide: Ten ways to get your children active

Friday 30th May 2014 - Grainne Cunningham - Independent

Irish children have been given a D-minus for physical exercise in the new report grading youngsters in 15 countries worldwide, but here's our brilliant guide to help get them moving. Irish children spend too much time on the couch and too little on their feet, according to a new international repor... Read more →