Category: Health

Gluten Intolerance v Coeliac Disease – know the difference and act on it.

My daughter had digestive problems for years. We all knew it and become very used to it. She complained of bloating and diarrhoea, on and off, especially after eating bread and it wasn’t until she had been at university for a few months that she felt she could no longer bear it. The GP was very helpful and sent her for blood tests which showed her to be very deficient in vitamin B12 – often caused by frequent diarrhoea. She had monthly injections to correct this and a referral to a specialist to investigate the cause of the diarrhoea...

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Fidget Spinners – why the controversy?

Many children with attention disorders find it difficult to sit still for any length of time. In a traditional classroom setting, this is often expected, and any fidgeting is discouraged. As you may know or can imagine, this can be a very challenging environment for a child with an attention disorder, often resulting in anxiety or disciplinary consequences if not managed properly, making school life very difficult. At the school where I work, we allowed Fidget Spinners for children with attention disorders, autism and anxiety. Unfortunately, they soon became popular with the students without an attention disorder, and so we...

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Make a spectacle of yourself!

I love that when I hug my children, they creak ever so slightly due to their glass getting squashed in the process! DOES MY CHILD NEED GLASSES? Both my children have worn glasses from a very young age. My daughter from the age of four and my son the age of three. Before my daughter was prescribed glasses I hadn’t noticed anything unusual about her vision; no squinting, no headaches and she didn’t complain of any blurriness. It wasn’t until she had a routine examination at primary school, along with the rest of her class, that her long-sightedness was...

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University essentials – the bits you don’t know until they go.

This day was NEVER meant to come! I vividly remember the moment my eldest found out he had got into university. We were on holiday and waiting for the UCAS website to open. When the results came in we jumped about with relief, disbelief, part surprise and pride, but after the initial wave of excitement, I began to feel a rather new and uneasy sensation creep through me. Slowly I realised that this amazing news meant he would be leaving home in a few weeks’ time. My little boy. This day was NEVER meant to come. But some seriously...

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