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Any changes you make to your child’s diet and lifestyle are much more likely to be accepted if they involve the whole family.
This NHS programme aims to help children achieve a healthy weight.
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How to keep children at a healthy weight including meal-time and physical activity tips plus advice on sleep, screen-time and family outings.
Practical advice for parents of overweight children including tips on healthy eating and physical activity.
Healthy eating and exercise tips plus advice on calories, portion control and weight management clubs.
Children are more likely to keep to a healthy lifestyle if it's fun. Ideas for helping them choose and prepare meals and pick activities they enjoy.
Having trouble getting your child away from the TV? Try these tips to get them out and active.
Guidelines for young people aged 5-18, for general health and fitness.
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Head lice can't be killed with normal shampoo. Here's how to banish them from your child's hair.
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Advice for parents on how to recognise the symptoms and causes of children's headaches and how to treat them.
Make sure your child's lunchbox provides a healthy, nutritionally balanced lunch.
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Maintaining a healthy weight is vital for children. If your child is aged 6-12 years old and is underweight, a good diet is key.
Information and advice for parents on coping with a teenager, including dealing with difficult behaviour.
Sam, aged 8, got fit and grew in confidence by playing football at an after-school club.
Good habits for keeping kids' teeth healthy, including fewer fizzy drinks and less sugar.
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How a learning disability is diagnosed, and sources of support if you are told your child has one.
Get tips to help your child beat stress, and watch a video of pupils talking about exams.
Monica Rivers describes family life with her six-year-old daughter Ayesha, who has Down's syndrome.
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If your child has a long-term health condition, they may need support at school. Find out what to expect.
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Advice and information for parents who may be worried about their teenage child.
Cooking for a family, including a fussy eater or two? These tips will help your kids get their 5 A DAY.
Read about 12-year-old Claire, who keeps fit by hiking around the Leicestershire countryside with her family.
Luke Harman, aged nine, who is visually impaired, takes kickboxing classes to improve his fitness.
Three parents share practical tips on helping children with homework.
The majority of adults would never harm a child. But it's important to keep them safe and be aware of possible dangers.
A video of a podiatrist explaining common foot problems in children, including verrucas and curly toes.
Avoid foot problems in your child. Watch a podiatrist explain how to choose the most suitable shoes for children.
Find out how much sleep your child needs, from newborns to 16 year olds.
Summer holidays are great fun for children, but can bring risks. Here are some tips for keeping them safe.
Need ways to keep the kids occupied this summer? Suggestions for healthy activities that cost little or nothing.
If you’re worried about a child you think has a problem, getting them to talk about it can really help.
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Bullying is a big concern for many parents and carers. Find out what you can do to help your child.
Deborah Packenham's son, Johnny, has autism. She talks about her experience of caring for him.
Where to get support if a child has lost a loved one or has a loved one who is dying.
All children have their share of coughs and colds. Find out what medicines you should keep handy.
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Tips for parents on when to talk to girls (and boys) about periods and what to tell them.
Your child will be offered various health checks to monitor their development while growing. Find out what they are.
Travel health for children, including advice on sun protection, pool safety, medicines and travel sickness.
Tips to help you talk openly about drugs with your child.
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Talking to children about your cancer may be difficult, but these tips can make it easier for you and them.
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Charlotte Esler talks about her experience of being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 14.
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Keep your child's bedroom free from electronic distractions and help them sleep better.
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Ways to spot if a child has been sexually exploited and what to do.
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In this video, find out how keeping our kids active can be a fun part of daily life.
Media last reviewed: 06/09/2013
Next review due: 06/09/2015
Get advice on dealing with common sleep problems affecting babies, children and teenagers
Cooking with your children is a great way to teach them about the importance of a healthy diet. Try this easy recipe for fishcakes
How to give vegetarian or vegan children all the energy and nutrients they need, including protein, calcium, vitamin B12 and omega-3
Which vaccines your child needs and at what age they should have them
Find out about adopting or fostering a child from care, what the health issues are and the post-adoption support and services you can access
How partially paralysed children are being taught fun magic tricks to help develop their hand movement
Find out what you and your daughter's rights are when it comes to cervical cancer vaccination
Articles and videos all about puberty, including tips to help parents prepare their children, and common Q&As
Find out how you can work with your child's school to help keep your child healthy and happy
Find out how to support someone with a learning disability, including their education and coping with challenging behaviour
Whether you're cooking for a family or eating on the run, our tips and recipes can help you get your 5 A DAY
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