Child health 6-15

Get healthy as a family

Any changes you make to your child’s diet and lifestyle are much more likely to be accepted if they involve the whole family.

The National Child Measurement Programme

This NHS programme aims to help children achieve a healthy weight.

Healthy weight children: advice for parents

How to keep children at a healthy weight including meal-time and physical activity tips plus advice on sleep, screen-time and family outings.

Overweight children: advice for parents

Practical advice for parents of overweight children, including tips on healthy eating and physical activity.

Very overweight children: advice for parents

Healthy eating and exercise tips plus advice on calories, portion control and weight management clubs.

How to involve your child in being healthy

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.

10 ways to get active with your kids

Having trouble getting your child away from the TV? Try these tips to get them out and active.

How to treat head lice and nits

Head lice can't be killed with normal shampoo. Here's how to banish them from your child's hair.

Children's headaches

Advice for parents on how to recognise the symptoms and causes of children's headaches and how to treat them.

Healthy lunchbox treats

Make sure your child's lunchbox provides a healthy, nutritionally balanced lunch.

Underweight children aged 6-12

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.

Coping with your teenager

Information and advice for parents on coping with a teenager, including dealing with difficult behaviour.

Sam Dunkley, 8

Great exercise for children: football

Sam, aged 8, got fit and grew in confidence by playing football at an after-school club.

Kids' teeth Q&As

Good habits for keeping kids' teeth healthy, including fewer fizzy drinks and less sugar.

Learning disabilities: coping with a diagnosis

How a learning disability is diagnosed, and sources of support if you are told your child has one.

Beat school exam stress

Get tips to help your child beat stress, and watch a video of pupils talking about exams.

'My daughter and Down's syndrome'

Monica Rivers describes family life with her six-year-old daughter Ayesha, who has Down's syndrome.

Long-term health conditions at school

If your child has a long-term health condition, they may need support at school. Find out what to expect.

Worried about your teenager?

Advice and information for parents who may be worried about their teenage child.

5 A DAY and your family

Cooking for a family, including a fussy eater or two? These tips will help your kids get their 5 A DAY.

Great exercise for children: hiking

Read about 12-year-old Claire, who keeps fit by hiking around the Leicestershire countryside with her family.

Luke Harman, 9

Great exercise for children: kickboxing

Luke Harman, aged nine, who is visually impaired, takes kickboxing classes to improve his fitness.

Boost your child's bone health

Bone-boosting diet and exercise tips to help your child build strong, healthy bones for life

Helping with homework

Three parents share practical tips on helping children with homework.

Protect them from child abuse

The majority of adults would never harm a child. But it's important to keep them safe and be aware of the possible dangers.

Video: shoes for children

Avoid foot problems in your child. Watch a podiatrist explain how to choose the most suitable shoes for children.

How much sleep do kids need?

Find out how much sleep your child needs, from newborns to 16 year olds.

Summer safety for younger children

Summer holidays are great fun for children, but can bring risks. Here are some tips for keeping them safe.

Free family activities

Need ways to keep the kids occupied this summer? Suggestions for healthy activities that cost little or nothing.

Talking to children

If you’re worried about a child you think has a problem, getting them to talk about it can really help.

Bullying: advice for parents

Bullying is a big concern for many parents and carers. Find out what you can do to help your child.

Deborah Packenham

'My son has autism'

Deborah Packenham's son, Johnny, has autism. She talks about her experience of caring for him.

Children and bereavement

Where to get support if a child has lost a loved one or has a loved one who is dying.

Medicines for children

All children have their share of coughs and colds. Find out what medicines you should keep handy.

Starting periods

Tips for parents on when to talk to girls (and boys) about periods and what to tell them.

Health checks in childhood

Your child will be offered various health checks to monitor their development while growing. Find out what they are.

Travelling with children

Travel health for children, including advice on sun protection, pool safety, medicines and travel sickness.

Talking about drugs with your child

Tips to help you talk openly about drugs with your child.

Talking to your kids about cancer

Talking to children about your cancer may be difficult, but these tips can make it easier for you and them.

'I had cancer at 14'

Charlotte Esler talks about her experience of being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 14.

How TVs, phones and screens spoil kids' sleep

Keep your child's bedroom free from electronic distractions and help them sleep better.

How to spot child sexual exploitation

Ways to spot if a child has been sexually exploited and what to do.

Is my child too ill for school?

All children miss school occasionally due to illness. But not every minor health issue has to mean a day off.

Services near you

Find addresses, phone numbers and websites for services near you

Exercising with kids

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

Children's sleep

Get advice on dealing with common sleep problems affecting babies, children and teenagers

Kids in the kitchen

Cooking with your children is a great way to teach them about the importance of a healthy diet

Vegetarian and vegan children

How to give vegetarian or vegan children all the energy and nutrients they need, including protein, calcium, vitamin B12 and omega-3

When to get your child vaccinated

Which vaccines your child needs and at what age they should have them

Adoption and fostering

Find out about adopting or fostering a child from care, the health issues and post-adoption support and services

Magical treatment for children's paralysis

How partially paralysed children are being taught fun magic tricks to help develop their hand movement

HPV vaccination: parents' rights

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

Your child at school

Find out how you can work with your child's school to help keep your child healthy and happy

Learning disability

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