Let's talk pants...

Let’s talk pants… Unfortunately, being a paediatrician means that not only do we see sick children but we see children who have been neglected and abused. Seeing a child who has been mistreated, often by a loved one or caregiver on whom they depend, is awful. Being a mother, I find these situations even more difficult to comprehend. I am also terrified to think that my own children are at risk of abuse. So, I have harnessed this anxiety and turned my attention to educating my children about how to stay safe. My oldest child is still younger than school age but I don’t think that is too young to start teaching him the basics. The NSPCC has some great resources to help with this and with the h

There's nothing lousier than lice!

Last summer, I discovered that my 5 and 3 year old children both had head lice – I instantly started feeling extremely itchy, rushed to the local pharmacy to buy bucket loads of that ‘special shampoo’ and then spent hours combing and obsessing about them coming back. A week later, they had returned… cue the return of my itching and some research into getting rid of the little blighters. Nits or head lice are extremely common – they spread round classrooms and nurseries rapidly when children’s heads come into direct contact with each other. They can’t ‘jump’ the gap so you do have to be in direct contact which is why young children, with fewer personal boundaries are much more prone to bec

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