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.
During the Christmas season it can be harder to breastfeed. La Leche League have some great advice on their website on how to handle the festivities and breastfeeding. It covers travelling, possible decreased milk production, any foods to avoid, alcohol advice and protecting against holiday illnesses. Read the full article on their 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:
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
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 Local Offer Hull is a website for people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and disabilities.
The website provides information and advice on early years, education, health and much more.
You can check out the website here at hull.mylocaloffer.org or for more information on it please call 01482 300 300 or email LocalOffer@hulcc.gov.uk
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.