A new 6-in-1 vaccination is being introduced from September 2017.
It’s given as a single injection at 8, 12 and 16 weeks old to protect your baby against six serious childhood diseases:
You can read all about it on the NHS website here.
The Hull Health Visitors wanted to share some information to support and advise parents about the childhood infection Bronchiolitis:
Bronchiolitis is a common lower respiratory tract infection that affects babies and young children under two years old. It is most widespread during the winter (from November to March). Most cases are mild and clear up without the need for treatment within two to three weeks, although some children have severe symptoms and need hospital treatment. Around one in three children in the UK will develop bronchiolitis during their first year of life.
For all information and advice see the Bronchiolitis section of the NHS website here.
Hull Health Visitor information about simple safety checks to prevent child accidents:
Child Safety Week ran from 4th – 10th June 2018 but they have lots of resources that are useful all year round.
Children develop so quickly, they catch us off-guard. Whether it’s learning to roll, crawl, stand or just exploring their environment as they get older, each stage opens up a new set of potential hazards. It can be difficult to keep up, and the daily pressures of caring for children don’t make it any easier. What’s more, because the hazards aren’t always obvious, it can be even harder to keep children out of harm’s way.
Download our Child Safety Week Parents’ Pack aimed at helping parents identify the key risks of accident and help prevent them. There are some fun activity sheets at the back of the pack that you could do with your children.
Parents: As a parent, what can I do?
As parents, we are far more likely to see people like fire officers or paramedics as heroes. Yet our research for Child Safety Week shows just how much parents do to stop their children suffering horrific accidents – almost two-thirds say they’ve had to save the day to prevent a serious accident.
Parents play down the life-saving role they play, but the truth is, the small actions we all take day-in, day-out to prevent accidents from happening in the first place are as just as heroic as rescuing children after an accident has happened.
There has been a lot of research recently into early brain development in children.
There’s a really interesting website full of information about how your child’s brain changes and develops from conception to 3 years and how you can tackle some of the development changes as a parent, please check it out here – http://www.urbanchildinstitute.org/why-0-3/baby-and-brain
An easy guide to screening tests for your new baby, looking at your babies hearing. Read the information leaflet on the link here –
National Hearing Screening Programme easy_read
INFANT MENTAL HEALTH (IMH) Awareness Week 2018 takes place from Monday June 11 to Friday 15 June. The topic this year is ‘The Importance of Attachment’
Promoting Healthy Attachment:
- ‘Attachment’ refers to the enduring ‘tie’ of affection that the baby develops towards their parents.
- Right from the start, babies begin to build an attachment to familiar carers who respond to their day-to-day physical and emotional needs
- Securely attached infants have pleasurable interactions with their parents and can expect comfort when they are distressed.
- Secure attachment is one of the main sources of later resilience in childhood: infants who are securely attached feel safe to play and learn.
- Securely attached children achieve better outcomes across all domains including social and emotional development, behaviour, relationships with peers, and learning.
- Infants develop emotional health and wellbeing when they experience loving, sensitive care from their parents or main carers.
- Early relationships influence development in childhood, and mental health and behaviour in adulthood.
There are some great resources available to help –
The Twitter hashtag for the week is #IMHAW18 – so do follow the week’s activity online. This year’s IMHAW is being led by the Association for Infant Mental Health – firstname.lastname@example.org
There’s some good tips on keeping babies, children and grown up’s hydrated in hot weather on the NHS website link here – http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Dehydration/Pages/Prevention.aspx
Information on Blood Spot Tests, an easy guide to screening tests for your new baby, read the leaflet on this link –
National Blood Spot Screening easy_read
The Hull Health Visitor’s team have sent Mumbler some information about children’s oral health to share:
Dental decay is the most common oral disease affecting children and young people in UK, yet it is largely preventable. As part of the 0-19 years Public Health Nursing service offered in Hull, we now provide all parents with free dental packs. These are given out by the Hull Health Visitors at the 3-4 month, 6-12 month and 2- 2.5 year contacts.
Below are some tips and info from the Oral Health Foundation that families can take every day to protect and improve your child’s dental health:
Tips for a Healthy Mouth
- Weaning your baby off the bottle early can help them avoid developing dental problems.
- All children up to three years old, should use a smear of toothpaste with a fluoride level of no less than 1000ppm (parts per million). After three years old, they should use a toothpaste that contains 1350ppm -1500ppm.
- Parents should try and supervise your children’s tooth brushing until they are about 7 years old.
- Take your child to the dentist early, as soon as their teeth start to appear, this will help them get used to the sights, sounds and smells of a dental practice.
- Use a timer or brush a long to a song to ensure your children are brushing for the correct amount of time.
- Use a reward chart to track your children’s brushing habits and get them actively involved in brushing their teeth.
- Use disclosing tablets to show areas of your children’s mouth which may need better brushing.
Please visit the National Smile Month website here for more information.
Why is action needed to improve child oral health in Hull?
Since the last update to this Commission data from the dental survey of 5 year olds from 2015 has been published which show a modest (but non-significant) improvement in outcomes:
- Nearly 38% of 5 year old children living in Hull experience tooth decay, which is significantly higher than the figures for England (25%) and Yorkshire and the Humber (29%).
- The rate for Hull has fallen from nearly 44% in 2011/12. However this reduction is not ‘statistically significant’, meaning that although it is encouraging, it could still be due to chance rather than indicating a genuine improvement.
- For those local 5 year old children with decay, they will have on average 4 teeth affected.
- On average across all children, each child has 1.6 teeth affected, which is significantly higher than the figures for England (0.8) and Yorkshire and the Humber (1.0). As compared with the average figure for each of the upper tier local authorities in England, Hull is in the bottom 10%.
To improve children’s oral health in Hull, local health professionals are recommending WATER FLUORIDATION, together with SUPERVISED TOOTHBRUSHING and a FLUORIDE VARNISH scheme.
Hull and the Riding of East Yorkshire Local Dental Committee endorses water fluoridation as a safe and effective method of reducing tooth decay. Their statement:
Local dental health professionals know from day to day experience in treating patients that resolute action on a community-wide scale is needed in Hull to address the unacceptably high rates of tooth decay among children. Whilst dental health education is very important – to impress upon children and their parents the need to brush their teeth with a fluoride toothpaste and to moderate their consumption of sugary foods and drinks – the evidence of the past 50 or more years shows that fluoridating water has significant additional benefits.
Hull needs a combination of methods to help protect our children’s teeth. Water fluoridation should be one of them. Fluoridation benefits adults too.
Hull Health Visitor leaflet about starting and staying active :
Information on post natal depression for mums and dads, produced as part of the Blues Boys project to raise awareness of paternal Postnatal Depression. See the full leaflet on the link here –
Postnatal depression leaflet
An easy guide to screening tests for your new baby, looking at your babies heart, eyes, hips and testicles. Read the information leaflet on the link here –
National Infant Physical Exam_easy_read
Latest information from the NHS about Sepsis, more info on the NHS website here.
The Hull Health Visitors wanted to share the latest information from Public Health England –
The new advice from Public Health England (PHE) is that adults and children over the age of one should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10mcg of vitamin D, particularly during autumn and winter. The full NHS guidelines on vitamin D are on the NHS website here.