Paws for thought... the exciting new blog from Doctor Bear

February 24, 2020

For a few weeks last summer our 5 year old woke up almost every night or morning with a headache. She would cry with the pain and sometimes vomit. Our ray of sunshine happy girl looked pale and sullen and started to nap again during the day – something she had not done...

February 11, 2020

It was the 8th time in 8 months when my eldest daughter again woke up with a high temperature and sore throat. She was pale and shivery and looked really unwell. The distinctive smell of infected tonsils was on her breath and looking at the back of her throat confirmed...

February 1, 2020

Bedwetting (otherwise known as nocturnal enuresis) – one of those parenting taboos and so infrequently discussed in the playground! Yet it is very common. Did you know that one in ten 7 year olds wet the bed? That’s 3 children per primary school class. Most children wi...

January 19, 2020

This week marks sugar awareness week... follow us for some tips about cutting down your family's sugar intake!

January 13, 2020

As a medical student on a GP placement I saw a suspected case of measles, which was later confirmed. I remember being told at the time that I may never see another case of measles and excitedly telling my fellow medical students that I had seen this unusual disease! Un...

January 7, 2020

Following on from our New Year’s post, we know that children do best when they are physically active as this helps them to stay healthy.  Recommendations from the World Health Organisation (WHO) are that children under 5 years of age should be physically active for at...

November 21, 2019

My youngest daughter is fussy but one thing she loves is Weetabix and she eats it for breakfast almost every day. On one of our first holidays abroad as a family we had buffet breakfasts and there was no Weetabix! After we had got over the toddler tantrum which entaile...

November 12, 2019

My daughter is an October baby. This meant chilly outings in giant padded snowsuits (which held her tiny, loose limbed form in a stiff scarecrow like pose) in the early days and means she’ll be an older one in her school year. What I didn’t appreciate until a few days...