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

The National Child Measurement Programme weighs and measures all children in Reception and Year Six at school.

What can I do if my child is overweight?

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

What can I do if my child is very overweight?

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.

Physical activity guidelines for children and young people

Guidelines for young people aged 5 to 18, for general health and fitness.

Children's headaches

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

Healthier lunchboxes

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 challenging behaviour.

Sweets, fizzy drinks and bottles

10 tips for parents on keeping kids' teeth healthy, including cutting out sugary drinks and snacks.

Learning disabilities: coping with a diagnosis

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

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.

Boost your child's bone health

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

How much sleep do children need?

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

Talking to children about feelings

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

Children and bereavement

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

How to talk to your child about drugs

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.

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

Children's sleep

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

Vegetarian and vegan children

How to give vegetarian or vegan children all the energy and nutrients they need

When to vaccinate your child

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, health issues, and post-adoption support and services

HPV vaccination: parents' rights

Find out what you and your daughter's rights are when it comes to cervical cancer vaccination


Articles about puberty, including the stages of puberty in boys and girls, 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 them healthy and happy

Learning disability

Find out how to support someone with a learning disability, including their education and coping with challenging behaviour