There are really very few occasions I can think of when anyone saying “maybe you shouldn’t have a baby right now” is going to be either wise or welcomed. Even fewer where the entity saying it is a national government. But it happens. In the recent Zika virus outbreak in South America, several countries called … More It’s not OK to tell a woman to delay pregnancy!
Induction – the word feared by many a pregnant woman! Sure, some babies need to be induced for medical reasons, but when does “not coming out on the date they said” become a medical reason? I remember in my antenatal class being told about induction, and the increased risks that go with it. I did … More When babies aren’t ready to come
I feel like I’ve used every tool in my Parenting Arsenal, and the kids still aren’t playing ball. Am I just overthinking things? I’m not arguing against evidence-based parenting (obviously!), but there are times when I wonder if I might do better going on instinct…but usually as I’m thinking this I am also looking up … More Five (or more) animals that do parenting better than me
I knew it. When, as a tiny baby Girlbug stuck her tongue out, it wasn’t aimed at me! The latest science seems to show (I say seems, I can only access the abstract) that babies don’t possess the innate ability to mimic facial expressions. It’s learnt some time after birth. Isn’t he early weeks, if … More It wasn’t aimed at you Mum!
I’ve written about Meningitis B more than anything else in the last few months. But it has probably been the most high profile “kids and science” topic in the last few years! Last week the petition was finally considered in the House of Commons, and here’s what will probably be my final piece on it … More Meningitis B, again!
So today, ministers debated the Meningits B vaccine in the House of Commons. I had planned to watch it, summarise it and write an opinion piece today. But,it’s almost three hours long. So, a more detailed analysis will have to wait until (maybe) tomorrow. In the meantime, from watching a small portion of it, it … More Meningitis vaccine debate in the House of Commons
Have you seen the social media post about a small boy with chickenpox and a very nasty bacterial infection to boot? It’s now made some national media, and is trying to raise awareness about not using ibuprofen with kids who have chickenpox. Well that’s news to me!! As I’ve mentioned before, both of mine had … More Chickenpox and ibuprofen
Well, that largely depends on your definition of baby, and of train. If you mean putting your nine month old in pants, and expecting them to crawl to a potty, and getting frustrated when they end up with soggy pants, then no. No, you shouldn’t do that. If you mean putting your three month old … More Should I potty train my baby?
Today, and exactly one week ago, evidence was heard by MPs on the feasibility of extending the vaccine to all children under the age of eleven. All thanks to an online petition that has, to date, received over 800,000 signatures. I wrote a piece on meninigits when the petition first went vital, which you can … More Meningitis B in parliment
I’m not sure if anyone read my post on how art and science are intrinsicly linked? No? Well, I’ll admit, it was mainly focused at the preschool level, with the addition of pretty pictures from the Wellcome library. But, I didn’t realise that CERN had come to the same conclusion. Great minds, as they say! The CERN arts … More Great minds! And please nominate me