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Sun Safety Tips

It is important to protect your child from the day they are born from this UV radiation as skin cancer takes some time to develop – up to 20 to 30 years and in Ireland; we typically have fair, light coloured skin that freckles or burns easily and we can be more at risk than other nationalities.

Here are some tips on how to keep your child safe in the sun.

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Vitamin D and Your Baby

What you need to know

Whether you choose to breastfeed or formula feed your baby you should give your baby 5 micrograms (5µg) of vitamin D3 every day, according to the HSE.

What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is important because it helps our bodies use calcium to build and maintain strong bones and teeth. Children (and adults) in Ireland have low levels of vitamin D which can lead to weak bones.   In severe cases low levels of vitamin D can cause rickets(1) in children. There has been an increase in the number of cases of rickets in Ireland in recent years.

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The Milk of Human Kindness

Some people are uncomfortable with the concept of donating breast milk, via a milk bank, but for premature and very sick babies it can be a godsend.

For 10 years, the lives of hundreds of sick and premature babies have been sustained and saved by the work of the Irvinestown Human Milk Bank. An incredible network of hundreds of mums north and south donate their milk, which is picked up everywhere from the steps of courthouses by lactation nurses or delivered in crates by the donors’ husbands.

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Boy or Girl? You Decide

According to the Irish Independent, Irish couples are turning to a clinic in America to have the girl or boy that they’ve always dreamed of.

For Irish women desperate to bear sons, the scientific evidence is clear: eat lots of bananas, have sex standing up, and try to consume a bowl of cereal every morning.

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Mediterranean diet ‘cuts risk of asthma’

Children who eat a Mediterranean diet rich in fruit, vegetables and fish have a lower risk of asthma and wheezing, experts have said.

But eating three or more burgers a week can increase the risk, although this may be linked to other unhealthy habits, they said.

Researchers from Germany, Spain and London examined data from 50,000 children aged eight to 12, collected between 1995 and 2005.

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Fathers can suffer baby blues as much as women

Many men suffer from post-natal depression that can be just as debilitating as it is for women, doctors have found.

New research published in the ‘Journal of the American Medical Association’ suggested that around one in 10 new fathers developed the condition. Symptoms were most common in the first six months after a baby was born.

Men were more likely to have the ‘baby blues’ if their wife or girlfriend did too.

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Allaying Allergies

If you suspect that your child has an allergy that is affecting their quality of life, you should seek out medical advice to get to the root of the matter.

RED, itchy eyes; blocked nose; sneezing; coughing; hives … sound familiar? These are the classic, telltale signs of an allergic reaction. It’s believed that a quarter of Irish children have some type of allergy, which can manifest in diseases such as rhinitis, sinusitis, asthma, dermatitis, eczema and hayfever.

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