NewsTag: kids

When the dinner table turns into a warzone between parents and kids

Wednesday 16th January 2019 - David Coleman - Independent

Healthy eating is not an issue that I often get asked about. Most parents do feel that they offer their children a healthy mix of different foods that have protein, carbohydrate, fats, vitamins and so on. What parents seem to worry more about is fussy or picky eating. Parents feel they do their bi... Read more →

'We worry so much about the kids, we forget to worry about ourselves'

Thursday 13th December 2018 - Bill Linnane - Irish Independent

A December wedding is a bad idea. There are some benefits to it - most of the guests decline the invite as it is an opportune time of year for excuses - the weather is poor; and you feel less weird about being hammered at 5pm when it's dark. Generally though, it's a poor choice to wed in December ... Read more →

How to get kids to eat their vegetables

Friday 23rd June 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The key to getting children to eat vegetables lies in persistence, the results of a new study suggest. According to the findings, ‘repeated exposure' to vegetables at snack and mealtimes is key when trying to improve a child's diet. The UK researchers analysed a number of methods aimed at en... Read more →

Dental service for kids under severe pressure

Friday 7th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The public dental service, which provides services to children of school-going age, is being ‘pushed to the brink', it has been claimed. Speaking at the HSE dentists' annual seminar in Athlone, the chief executive of the Irish Dental Association (IDA), Fintan Hourihan, pointed out that the po... Read more →

Parents wants kids to do more PE

Friday 16th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The vast majority of parents think that schools should dedicate more time to physical education (PE), a new survey has found. According to the findings, 91% of parents think schools should devote more time to PE, while 82% would like to see a minimum of 30 minutes per day assigned to PE within the ... 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 →

Parents urged to give kids smaller portions

Wednesday 31st August 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Parents are being urged to give their children child-sized portions at mealtimes. According to Safefood, there has been a major increase in food portion sizes over the last two decades and this is a key contributor to obesity rates among children. "It's well established that for adults, we eat mor... 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 →

Early bedtime for toddlers cuts risk of obesity

Monday 8th August 2016 - Sarah Slater - Irish Health

Earlier bedtimes for toddlers leads to lower numbers of obese teenagers, a leading sleep expert claims. Putting children to bed early, not only staves off crankiness, but it also prevents preschoolers becoming teens with unhealthy weights. Now, the first study on the issue backs up what Iris... Read more →

Inspectors find kids' ward 'poorly maintained'

Friday 5th August 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A children's ward in one of the country's busiest hospitals has been found to be ‘poorly maintained', with limited space and accessibility, all of which increase the risk of cross infection, according to the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) It carried out an unannounced inspect... Read more →

Medical cards for all seriously ill kids in 2017

Wednesday 13th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A campaign group, which has been fighting to ensure that all seriously ill children have access to medical cards, has said that it has received a ‘strong personal commitment' from the Minister for Health that all children qualifying for the Domiciliary Care Allowance will automatically qualify... Read more →

Make sure kids get 60 mins exercise per day

Friday 8th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Physiotherapists are reminding parents of the importance of making sure their children get at least 60 minutes of exercise per day. According to Nicola Lyden, a senior physiotherapist at Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin, summer is the perfect time of the year to introduce physical activity to... Read more →

Junk food ads influence kids' eating habits

Wednesday 6th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Children as young as eight describe junk food advertising as ‘tempting' and ‘addictive', with some admitting they could ‘lick the screen' when watching certain ads. According to a new report from Cancer Research UK, ads that use celebrities, funny voices and bright colours are cap... Read more →

'Hidden harm' of parental drinking highlighted

Wednesday 6th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Children living with parents who drink in a harmful way are ‘among the most vulnerable in society', members of the Oireachtas have been told. The members were briefed on this issue at an event organised by the Oireachtas Cross Party Group on Alcohol Harm. According to its chairperson, Senator... Read more →

Kids in single-mother families 'well-adjusted'

Monday 4th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

While young children who grow up with single mothers have questions about the absence of their fathers, they tend to be well-adjusted and generally have positive feelings about family life, a new study has found. UK researchers focused on children who had been conceived as a result of donor insemin... Read more →

Eye screening in 5th/6th class ending

Monday 9th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Optometrists have expressed their disappointment at a decision by the HSE to end routine eye screening of children in fifth and sixth class. According to the Association of Optometrists (AOI), primary school principals have received letters from the HSE advising them that primary school-exit eye sc... Read more →

Kids with asthma miss 10 days of school a year

Wednesday 4th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over 185,000 Irish children aged between one and 14 have asthma and each misses an estimated 10 days of school every year as a result of the disease, the Asthma Society of Ireland (ASI) has said. The ASI is hosting its first Bubble Day on May 3 in an effort to raise funds to create a network of sup... Read more →

450 kids with arthritis on waiting list

Wednesday 4th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost 450 children with the painful joint disease, arthritis, are currently waiting to be seen by specialist doctors, Arthritis Ireland (AI) has said. Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints that causes pain and immobility, ranging from mild to severe. In Ireland around 915,000 people, includin... Read more →

Planning permission granted for kids' hospital

Friday 29th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Planning permission for the new national children's hospital has been granted. An Bord Pleanála has ruled that the new hospital, which will bring together the National Children's Hospital in Tallaght, Temple Street Children's Hospital and Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, can be bui... Read more →

Parents warned about rewarding kids with food

Wednesday 13th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Parents be warned - rewarding your little ones with food may lead to them becoming emotional eaters. According to UK researchers, parents who use very controlling feeding practices, such as using food for treats or rewards, could be unintentionally teaching their children to turn to food when they ... Read more →

Kids bombarded with alcohol messages in sport

Wednesday 2nd March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Children and teenagers are being bombarded with messages about alcohol at sport events and this may encourage early drinking, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) has warned. It was referring to a new study from the UK which found that alcohol sports sponsorship is linked with increase... 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 →

Kids catch up to eight colds a year

Wednesday 2nd September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Risk increases at back-to-school time The average school child in Ireland can expect to catch up to eight colds and two to three bouts of viral gastroenteritis per year, pharmacists have warned. According to the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), most common childhood illnesses are contagious and with ch... Read more →

Mums wants more PE in schools

Thursday 30th July 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The vast majority of mothers in Ireland think schools need to dedicate more time to physical education (PE) and mental health, a new survey has found. According to the findings, 91% of mothers would like to see more emphasis on PE in school, while 96% would like children to be taught coping mechani... 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 →

Weekend screen time bad for teen bones

Thursday 11th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Teenage boys who spend a lot of time at the weekend looking at various screens have poorer bone health, a new study has found. This finding does not seem to apply to teenage girls however. Researchers in Norway looked at almost 1,000 teenagers aged between 15 and 17. All of the participants were a... Read more →

Bullied teens often depressed by 18

Wednesday 3rd June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who are bullied during adolescence are much more likely to suffer with depression in early adulthood, a new study has found. While depression is on the increase and bullying has been suggested as one possible cause, previous studies have failed to find a definitive link, so UK researchers de... 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 →

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 →

GPs should not treat teens as kids

Tuesday 14th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

GPs need to be aware of how fast teenagers can change and they should not treat this group ‘as though they were young children', a new study has found. GPs in a medical practice in Ballymun in Dublin carried out research into their teenage patients to see how often and why they were attending... 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 →

Success for Cork infant with rare diabetes

Wednesday 25th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A baby born with a rare form of diabetes that only affects one in every 200,000 infants, has been successfully treated at Cork University Hospital (CUH). Ava Joyce from Douglas in Cork is now 18 months old, but in August 2013, she was diagnosed with the rare genetic condition, permanent neonatal di... 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 →

New ambulance transfer service for kids

Monday 15th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

A new critical-care ambulance service, which will transfer seriously ill children between hospitals, has been launched.The Paediatric Retrieval Service can transfer seriously ill children, up to the age of 16, from hospitals anywhere in Ireland to Dublin's Temple Street Children's Hospital and Our L... Read more →

Kids' juices contain more sugar than Coke

Friday 14th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Some juice drinks aimed at children contain more sugar than Coca Cola, experts have warned. They carried out a survey of 203 fruit juices, juice drinks and smoothies being sold in UK supermarkets and found that at least 25% contained the same amount or more sugar than Coca Cola, which contains five... Read more →

Sport may benefit boys' math skills

Friday 12th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Boys who are very physically active during their early years of school may have better reading and math skills, a new study suggests. Researchers in Finland studied the link between physical and sedentary behaviour, and reading and arithmetic skills among almost 190 children aged between six and ei... Read more →