A MUM recalled how she almost lost her baby daughter to meningitis as she backed a campaign for more NHS vaccinations against the killer disease. Carli Grigg’s daughter Khiara, now six, contracted the meningococcal septicaemia B virus - the same strain which claimed the life of Maidstone toddler Faye Burdett, two, on Valentine’s Day.
The government recently raised Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) to the status of a ‘national threat’ so that safeguarding vulnerable youngsters and catching offenders is prioritised by all UK police forces. The West Midlands is not immune to the threat.
This is one of the scariest things a parent can imagine. A child can disappear in a flash in a shopping centre, cinema, playground or other public area. This is every parent’s nightmare, and we even try to suppress this fear deep down in our brain. But we need to prepare our child for such an event!
Children should avoid all sugary drinks or risk cancer and heart disease later in life, the head of the NHS warned yesterday. Simon Stevens said there was ‘absolutely no reason’ that youngsters should be given fizzy drinks.
Five children suffered severe burns and one was scarred for life after brushing a toxic plant found growing in two separate parks. Annie Challinor, seven, was left with a permanent scar after her arm blistered when it touched a hogweed plant during a family walk in Clifton Country Park, Salford, Greater Manchester. And four teenage boys suffered chemical burns after coming into contact with it while playing in Moses Gate Country Park, Bolton, on Saturday.
More than a third of 16-17 year-olds in the east of England are so anxious that they have suffered sleepless nights in the last year, according to new research carried out by The Children's Society. Some 35 per cent also say they frequently feel anxious and 77 per cent say they have felt judged simply for being a teenager.
A family that shared a photo of a two-year-old child covered by a meningitis rash before she died has prompted over 310,000 people to sign a petition calling for all children to be vaccinated against the disease.
According to new research, long-term use of a form of medication commonly prescribed to treat symptoms of asthma - inhaled corticosteroids - could lead to a reduced rate of growth in development for infants given the medication during their first 2 years of life.
A leading charity has condemned what it calls the “shocking” postcode lottery that means young children in some parts of England are far more likely to be obese or have tooth decay than those in other areas. The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) said that while variations are closely linked to poverty, poorer health outcomes in deprived areas are not inevitable.
POLICE hunting for a missing 12-year-old girl found her half-naked in a house where she had been taken by a 17-year-old boy from Hayle, who tried to rape her. The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was under a duvet and wearing only his underwear when officers arrived, Truro Crown Court heard on Monday.
Child sexual exploitation and abuse is one of the most serious crime threats facing the UK. Find out how the National Crime Agency leads, coordinates and supports law enforcement's response to protect young people and bring offenders to justice.
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