Devastated mother whose premature baby died when doctors refused to treat him because he was born at just 22 weeks petitions to have medical rules changed

  • Emma Jones gave birth to her son Riley at just 22 weeks and three days
  • Guidelines say doctors shouldn’t treat babies born less than 24 weeks
  • Study shows there is a huge risk of the child developing severe disabilities
  • Her petition has been signed by 2,759 people and back by Welsh politician

A woman who gave birth to a severely premature baby has created a petition seeking to have medical guidelines changed after doctors refused to treat her child.

Grieving mother Emma Jones gave birth to her son Riley at just 22 weeks and three days in December last year.

However, current medical guidelines issued by the British Association of Perinatal Medicine recommend that doctors do not attempt to resuscitate babies born before 24 weeks, due to the extremely high risk of developing serious disabilities.

Grieving mother Emma Jones with her partner Chris Goodger. Emma gave birth to their son Riley Goodger at just 22 weeks and three days in December last year

Grieving mother Emma Jones with her partner Chris Goodger. Emma gave birth to their son Riley Goodger at just 22 weeks and three days in December last year

Riley died in the early hours of December 29, 2013, just 93 minutes after Ms Jones had given birth to him at Cardiff’s University Hospital of Wales.

Ms Jones, from Cardiff, claims that he was breathing on his own and would have survived had medical staff intervened.

But doctors and nurses refused to treat the 480g child because he was born nine days before it is considered acceptable for doctors to try and keep premature infants alive.

She has now collected thousands of signatures on a petition calling for a change medical guidelines so babies born 22 weeks into pregnancy are not left to die by hospital staff.

She told Wales Online: ‘He wasn’t crying but I could see he was breathing – and his heart was beating through his chest wall.

‘But no care could be provided for him even though he was living.

‘I was incredibly tired after just going through labour but my mother, father and partner tried everything they could to get the staff to change their minds.

‘They were begging because they knew what had happened with my previous son and they felt it couldn’t happen again. It was heartbreaking.’

‘In fighting this, I’m also conflicting with abortion guidelines, which makes things even more difficult.’

Ms Jones has handed in the 2,759-signature petition into the National Assembly of Wales’ Petitions Committee to demand changes are put in place to help babies showing signs of life.

Riley died in the early hours of December 29, 2013, just 93 minutes after Ms Jones had given birth to him at Cardiff’s University Hospital of Wales

Riley died in the early hours of December 29, 2013, just 93 minutes after Ms Jones had given birth to him at Cardiff’s University Hospital of Wales

The 23-year-old supermarket worker said she wants paediatricians to review and weigh every baby born after 22 weeks so parents and clinicians can make informed decisions based on their chance of survival.

Ms Jones had an operation in May on her cervix to improve her chances of giving birth after the 24-week cut-off period.

She added: ‘I don’t want any blame on the hospital for what they did.

‘My anger lies with the guidelines. Every baby should be treated on their individual condition. I believe if staff had treated my baby he’d still be alive today.’

The latest set of guidelines drawn up by the British Association of Perinatal Medicine in 2008 state that if a child is born at any stage less than 23 weeks, it is ‘considered in the best interests of the baby, and standard practice, for resuscitation not to be carried out.’

The guidelines are based on a 1995 EPICure study of all babies born in the UK during that year, which reported that only two children born at 22 weeks survived, with one going on to develop severe disabilities.

The BAPM guidelines go on to state that should a baby be born between 23 weeks and 23 weeks and six days ‘a decision not to start resuscitation is an appropriate approach’, although this may be re-considered in exceptional cases.

There were 241 babies born prematurely at 23 weeks in 2000, with only 26 surviving. Of these, one later died and fourteen were reported to have disabilities by the age of five.

Doctors and nurses refused to treat the 480g child because he was born nine days before it is considered acceptable to try and keep prematurely-born infants alive

Doctors and nurses refused to treat the 480g child because he was born nine days before it is considered acceptable to try and keep prematurely-born infants alive

However, babies born at 24 weeks had a higher chance of survival, and guidelines recommend that ‘resuscitation should be commenced unless the parents and clinicians have considered that the baby will be born severely compromised’.

In the 1995 study, 66 per cent of the 313 babies born at this age died, while half of the survivors were found to have a moderate or severe disability at six years old.

Disabilities often include cerebral palsy and an inability to walk, low cognitive scores, blindness or profound hearing loss.

Those babies born at 25 weeks had considerably greater chances of survival and it is considered ‘appropriate to resuscitate babies at this gestation and, if the response is encouraging, to start intensive care’.

Of the 424 babies born at this gestation period in 1995, 48 per cent later died, although 27 per cent of the survivors had no identifiable impairment.

Along with a steady rise in birth rates, there are increasing numbers of older mothers and those using fertility treatments – two groups of women who are more likely to have premature babies.

Current medical guidelines issued by the British Association of Perinatal Medicine recommend that doctors do not attempt to resuscitate babies born before 24 weeks

Current medical guidelines issued by the British Association of Perinatal Medicine recommend that doctors do not attempt to resuscitate babies born before 24 weeks

According to data from 2011, those born alive at 27 weeks have an 87 per cent chance of surviving, at 28 weeks it is 92 per cent and at 29 weeks, 95 per cent.

However, Lindsay Whittle, Plaid Cymru AM for South Wales East, said: ‘Emma’s baby son was breathing for 93 minutes on his own and I believe every effort should have been made to give him a chance of life.

‘I admire Emma’s courage and back her campaign to help others in the future.

‘I will be writing to the Health Minister Mark Drakeford to ask for a meeting to discuss the current regulations concerning the cut-off period following a birth.’

Riley’s death was the second time Ms Jones has lost a child. He son Tyler was stillborn in 2012.

The Welsh Government said the care of extremely pre-term babies is ‘extremely challenging’ and reviewed regularly as medical advances are made.

A spokesman said: ‘Health boards follow guidance from the Royal College of Paediatrics and the British Association of Perinatal Medicine.

‘The current guidance does not prohibit resuscitation of babies at any age.

‘The decision to attempt resuscitation should be made by the clinical team in partnership with the parents, informed by the overall clinical situation and not just the gestational age of the baby.

‘But the guidance does reflect the sad reality that babies born under 23 weeks have very low chances of disability-free survival and this knowledge is a key part of the clinical decision-making.’

A spokesman for the University Hospital of Wales declined to comment.

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Half of babies are at risk of suffocating in their sleep because of loose quilts, pillows and blankets, experts warn

  • Parents ‘must be better informed’ of the risk of sudden infant death (SIDS)
  • Study by the American Academy of Paediatrics found around half of U.S. infants still sleep with ‘potentially hazardous bedding’
  • Teenage mothers were most likely to use ‘dangerous’ bedding, experts say 
  • Loose blankets, quilts, pillows and soft toys can obstruct a baby’s airways
  • Experts advise using a firmly tucked in sheet, or baby sleeping bag
  • SIDS was the cause of 2,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2010, the study found

Half of babies are at risk of suffocating in their sleep because they are put in cots with unsafe bedding, blankets and pillows.

Parents must be better informed, experts said today, after a study revealed ‘too many babies’ are still at risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Sleeping with loose bedding or soft objects poses a risk of suffocation in babies, especially those under the age of one.

Half of babies born in the U.S. are at risk of suffocating in their sleep because they sleep with ‘potentially hazardous bedding’, the American Academy of Paediatrics found (file picture)

Although the use of blankets and other bedding has declined, around half of U.S. infants are still placed to sleep with ‘potentially hazardous bedding’, according to the study by the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP).

Experts investigated the type of bedding chosen by parents from 1993 to 2010, from the National Infant Sleep Position study.

Blankets, quilts and pillows can obstruct a baby’s airway and, if they become caught over a child’s head, they can cause suffocation.

The AAP advises parents to put their babies to sleep in a cot with no loose bedding or soft objects, including cuddly toys, under or over the infant.

That is not to say babies should risk feeling cold in the night.

Instead, experts advise using a firmly tucked in sheet, or a baby sleeping bag.

Lucy McKeon, research and information manager at The Lullaby Trust said: ‘We know the safest sleeping environment for a baby is on its back in a cot or Moses basket in the same room as a parent for the first six months of life.

‘We advise parents not to use loose bedding, pillows, cot bumpers or have soft toys in the cot – this is because some of these items cause an accident risk and others increase the chance of SIDS occurring.

‘This new study suggests parents are using loose bedding which is considered less safe than well-fitted blankets or a baby sleep bag.

And parents are advised to remove any soft toys from a baby's cot before putting them to sleep, for fear of the toys suffocating the baby (file picture)

Experts advise babies are not put to sleep with any loose quilts, pillows, blankets or cot bumpers. The concern is the bedding can obstruct a baby’s airways in their sleep (file picture)

THINGS PARENTS SHOULD DO:

  • Always place your baby on their back to sleep
  • Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth
  • Place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months
  • Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in good condition  (Source: The Lullaby Trust)

THINGS PARENTS SHOULD AVOID:

  • Never sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby
  • Don’t sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, drink or take drugs or are extremely tired, if your baby was born prematurely or was of low birth-weight
  • Avoid letting your baby get too hot
  • Don’t cover your baby’s face or head while sleeping or use loose bedding, such as quilts, blankets, pillows or cot bumpers
Parents are advised to remove any soft toys from a baby's cot before putting them to sleep, for fear of the toys suffocating the baby (file picture)

Parents are advised to remove any soft toys from a baby’s cot before putting them to sleep, for fear of the toys suffocating the baby (file picture)

WHAT IS SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME?

Sudden infant death syndrome describes the unexpected death of a baby or toddler that is initially unexplained.

Cot death was a term commonly used in the past. It has largely been abandoned, due to misleading suggestions that sudden infant death can only occur when a baby is asleep in a cot.

Causes of SIDS may include accidents, infections, congenital abnormality or metabolic disorder.

For those deaths that remain unexplained, experts believe there are likely to be undiscovered causes.

SIDS statistics: 

  • While sudden infant syndrome deaths have declined in recent years, they still totalled around 2,000 deaths in the U.S. 2010. 221 unexplained infant deaths occurred in England and Wales in 2012 – a rate of 0.30 deaths per 1,000 live births
  • almost three quarters (71 per cent) of these unexplained deaths were recorded as sudden deaths, and 29 per cent were recorded as unascertained
  • eight out of 10 unexplained infant deaths occurred in the post-neonatal period, between 28 days and one year
  • almost two-thirds (64 per cent) of unexplained infant deaths were boys in 2012 (141 deaths)
  • the rate of unexplained infant deaths was three times higher among low birthweight babies, than those with a normal birthweight

Source: The Lullaby Trust and Office for National Statistics

‘It’s important that parents are given all the information about safer sleep so that they can make an informed decision. Evidence-based advice is available on The Lullaby Trust website, http://www.lullabytrust.org.uk.’

Using a pillow has been shown to increase the chance of SIDS by up to 2.5 times, the charity said.

‘A simple mattress in your cot with no loose bedding or bumpers is the safest sleeping place for a baby,’ the trust advises.

Although uncommon accidental suffocation is the leading cause of injury-related deaths in infants.

While sudden infant syndrome deaths have declined in recent years, they still totalled around 2,000 deaths in the U.S. 2010.

The suffocation rate doubled from 2000 to 2010, when around 640 infants died from accidental sleep-related suffocation, U.S. government data showed.

Meanwhile, in the UK in 2012, 221 infant deaths were attributed to SIDS.

The team of researchers found that over the 17-year period, the use of loose bedding did decline but remained a common practise.

The rate of loose bedding use averaged around 86 per cent in 1993 to 1995, but declined to 55 per cent in 2008 to 2010.

Teenage mothers were found to be most likely to use the dangerous bedding (83.5 per cent), while those babies born at full term were least at risk (55.6 per cent).

The study also found the at-risk bedding was most likely used for infants who slept in adult beds, those put to sleep on their sides, or babies who shared a cot or bed with others.

The authors concluded that while the numbers have improved significantly, babies are ‘still being put to bed in an unsafe sleeping environment; about half still sleep with blankets, quilts, pillows and other hazardous items’.

Study co-author Marian Willinger, a SIDS expert at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, said these infant deaths ‘are tragic and they’re just not necessary’.

The AAP said it is vital parents ‘know and understand the risk factors associated with this dangerous practise in order to help reduce the number of sleep-related infant deaths’.

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. analysed telephone surveys involving a total of nearly 20,000 parents.

The study was published today in the journal Pediatrics.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2855713/Half-babies-risk-suffocating-sleep-loose-quilts-pillows-blankets-experts-warn.html#ixzz3KgYGVigh

Rise in ADHD cases is ‘due to marketing, not medicine’: Study blames increase on drug companies, pushy support groups, and people self-diagnosing online

  • ADHD is ‘an economic and cultural plague than a medical one’
  • Diagnosis and treatment rates are soaring compared to five years ago
  • Experts said five key trends have contributed to ADHD growth
  • Pharmaceutical companies lobby for drug treatment for the condition
  • Support groups often work with pharmaceutical companies
  • Treatment of ADHD with talking therapies has eroded in favour of drugs
  • U.S. guidelines with low thresholds for ADHD diagnosis has been adopted
  • Web use makes self-diagnosis easy and people pester doctor for drugs

The global surge in ADHD diagnosis has more to do with marketing than medicine, according to experts.

Diagnosis rates and prescriptions of stimulant drugs are soaring compared with five years ago, but experts say ADHD is ‘more of an economic and cultural plague than a medical one’.

After examining the growth of ADHA in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Brazil, they concluded there are five trends which contribute to its growth.

The global surge in ADHD diagnosis and treatment with drugs has more to do with marketing than medicine, and in years to come we may regret treating children with drug, experts warn in a paper (file pic)

The global surge in ADHD diagnosis and treatment with drugs has more to do with marketing than medicine, and in years to come we may regret treating children with drug, experts warn in a paper (file pic)

They blame the rise on lobbying from drug companies, who have spurred some countries to relax the restrictions put on stimulants like Ritalin, the most well-known drug used to treat ADHD.

Psychoanalytic treatment of the condition, usually with talking therapies, is slowly being eroded in favour of treating the problem with drugs, they said.

More psychologists and psychiatrists are now adopting the American Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) standards, which are broader and have a lower threshold for diagnosing ADHD, they added.

There has also been a rise in vocal advocacy and support groups for the condition, who often work closely with pharmaceutical companies to promote treatment with drugs.

Lastly, the rise in internet use makes finding information on the condition, and diagnosing oneself, easy. This prompts people to ask their doctor for drug treatment, they said.

ADHD is a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

HOW TAKING RITALIN CAN CAUSE LONG-LASTING DANGEROUS ERECTION (EVEN IN KIDS)

Use of the extremely common ADHD medication Ritalin can cause dangerously long-lasting, unwanted erections with long-term use.

The Food and Drug Administration said it has updated its advice on Ritalin to include a warning about priapism, a condition that can permanently damage a patient’s penis.

The stimulant drug in Ritalin, methylphenidate, is also found in the brand names Daytrana and Concerta–an extended release version often prescribed to adutls–among many others.

The agency warned people to talk to their doctors before halting the drugs and said priapism has only occurred from use of methylphenidate in rare cases.

It has come under much controversy in recent years, with some health professionals voicing concerns that diagnosing such a cluster of symptoms as one overarching disease means we are medicalising normal human behaviour.

In the paper, researchers cited websites promoting ADHD drugs, offering checklists with questions like ‘Do you fidget a lot?’ , ‘Is it hard yfor you to concentrate?’, ‘Are you disorganised at work and home?’ and ‘Do you start projects and then abandon them?’

Writing in the report, Professor Peter Conrad, of Brandeis University, U.S. said: ‘These checklists turn all kinds of different behaviors into medical problems.’

‘The checklists don’t distinguish what is part of the human condition and what is a disease.’

The researchers said in the U.K., diagnosis of ADHD in school-age children grew from less than one percent in the 1990s to about five per cent today.

In Germany, prescription ADHD drugs rose from 10 million daily doses in 1998 to 53 million in 2008.

Growth in Italy and France has been slower, in part due to those countries’ more restrictive pharmaceutical drug laws. However, researchers said even those nations are now becoming more lax.

In Brazil, a rising number of ADHD advocacy groups, many with close ties to the pharmaceutical industry, are raising awareness of the disorder.

Professor Conrad voiced concerns about the rise of prescription treatment for ADHD, which he believes may be socially constructed.

‘Call it an economic and cultural plague, but not necessarily a medical one.’

Psychoanalytic treatment of the condition, usually with talking therapies, is slowly being eroded in favour of treating the problem with drugs such as the stimulant Ritalin, researchers said

Psychoanalytic treatment of the condition, usually with talking therapies, is slowly being eroded in favour of treating the problem with drugs such as the stimulant Ritalin, researchers said

‘There is no pharmacological magic bullet. No drug can account for non-medical factors that may contribute to behavior.

A fidgety student may be responding to the one-size-fits-all compulsory education system, he said, not a flaw in his brain chemistry.

ADHD continues a long history of medicalising behaviors, especially in the U.S., he added.

One example he cited was masturbation, which was considered a disease a century ago. Men and women diagnosed with masturbatory insanity were institutionalised or subjected to surgical treatment.

‘I think we may look back on this time in 50 years and ask, what did we do to these kids?’ Professor Conrad concluded.

The paper was published in the journal Social Science and Medicine.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2841060/Rise-ADHD-cases-marketing-not-medicine-Study-blames-increase-drug-companies-pushy-support-groups-people-self-diagnosing-online.html#ixzz3JXayG6NR

12 mums you’ll find at the school gates: The wannabe WAG, the 4×4 and the loud and proud

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You can get yourself into a bit of a routine when it comes to dropping the kids off at school. You walk or drive the same route, you leave at the same time and you see the same people day in, day out.

Of course, there are the people you smile at, the mums you stand and have a good old natter with and then the ones you avoid – big time!

Here are 12 mums we are sure you’ll find at the school gates every morning…

1. The wannabe WAG mum

Sunglasses? Check. Heels? Check. Lippy? Check! Come on, who really has time to slap tons of make-up on before dropping the kids at school?

2. The ‘roll out of bed and hope for the best’ mum

Tired Tuesday? More like tired all week long. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one!

3. The super mum

She’s the mum every mum wants to be. Super organised, ready for action and on time. It’s a dream we all have on a regular basis but it’s just never going to happen…

4. The make-up free rebel mum

She’s not wearing any make-up – so scandalous! There’s always one who just doesn’t care what she looks like, she’s there to drop off her kids and that’s that. We wish we were that brave!

5. The pushchair mum

Don’t mess with the pushchair mum – you get in her way and she’ll run you over. She’s on a mission to get to those school gates quicker than you can.

6. The ‘how can you be so happy and lively this time in the morning’ mum

There’s always the mum at the school gates who is just full of energy – how is that even possible?

7. The 4×4 mum

Don’t get in the way of the 4 x 4 mum, she’ll run you down with her overpacked car. Taking up most of the parking spaces outside the school, she’s in the wrong but no one dares to mess with her.

8. The ‘why did I have so many kids?’ mum

One… Two.. Five… Seven… Wait, am I missing one? Spare a thought for those mums with the busload of kids – how does she do it?

9. The gossip mum

She doesn’t want to hear about the latest cake that you baked or how your kid passed his maths test, she wants to know the juicy, juicy gossip, so spill!

10. The loud and proud mum

Argh! Just, argh! It’s too early for all that loud noise and shouting at the kids. Calm down love, it’s only 8.30am.

11. The always late mum

There’s always one that’s later than late can be. It’s a race to the gates whilst juggling kids, school bags and pushchairs.

12. The awkward dad

Yes, not a mum but he’s a constant at the school gate. He’s surely talked to women before but the sight of a gaggle of women, all in one place, brings out the little boy in him. That’s him, hiding behind the wheel of his car until the gates open.

Read more at http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/family/541815/12-mums-youll-find-at-the-school-gates#0R47HCk6OTotSWyG.99

Serious Bullying , And A Headteacher That Does…….. NOTHING

This last couple of weeks has seriously been horrendous and it’s taken me now to calm down and write about it.

The issue surrounding bullying for everyone involved, is absolutely awful, and never ever thought I would be in the position where I had to take my children out of school.

My son L is now 9 , he’s on the autistic spectrum (currently awaiting diagnosis) diagnosed with FACS and Cerebral Palsy, hates noise, social situations, and is statemented at school. When he comes out of school we are literally in the car and he has already exploded due to sheer frustration. The therapist put it well at CAHMS last week “imagine shaking a bottle of coke and opening it and it exploding everywhere” that is how many children who are autistic are, they try so much to impress their teachers, and with L he also has the issue of his CP, having to really concentrate when writing due to his poor finger manipulation, that he is like that coke bottle …… Exploding

Everything came to a head around 3 weeks ago when coming out of school, he was physically assaulted by a boy of his age which was witnessed by another parent. L is not one for hugs and kisses so when I turned the corner and saw him hugging my friend I knew something was wrong. This same scenario has been going on for a good 2 years, hitting, kicking, pushing, calling names, and has impacted L bad,  to the point where if he is really agitated and stressed he physically can’t talk. (Now back under speech therapy) With what had happened I kept L out of school till I spoke to the headteacher and deputy head.  A meeting was held with the 2 boys parents and also my husband and I along with the head and deputy head.  What was clear from this meeting was there was a total lack of communication from the school.  All parents were going in to the school addressing the issues and concerns we had, yet the teachers were not calling us in.  For 2 years there has been such huge animosity between the other parents and us, that if the school would have got us in regularly to talk about things, we wouldn’t be in the situation we are now in.

As the week went on communication with the school was totally breaking down.  It was agreed we would send L back into school, very reluctantly though as when my husband asked the head “could he guarantee Ls safety……..he never replied.  Any  headteacher that is competent and good at their job would be able to tell any parent “YES your child will be 100% safe” so when he never done this…..we were worried.  L went back in the day after, we spoke the night before about going back to school to encourage and prepare him for school.  When he came out of school we knew he wasn’t happy.  He told us he had been elbowed in his face with the marks very visible IMG_9840IMG_9839IMG_9838

 

Outraged is not the word.  When we asked the head about what would happen to the boys that attacked L in front of the parent……. yet again he never responded and no action has been taken against the children.  As a governor at the school the amount of parents who have been to me complaining that there children have been picked on, bullied is frightening as it seems the school is not acting with regards to bullying.  Children are scared to go to school as their is now a new attendance officer there.  I know of 3 parents whose children were being bullied for months and because no action was taken they actually took their children out of school, same as me.

As governor I approached the school about this incident.  A boy aged 7 had been kicked in the mouth and unbelievably…………the deputy head wasnt aware of the incident and even worse THE HEADTEACHER HADN’T BEEN IN TOUCH WITH THE PARENTS!!!!!!!!

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Imagine coming home to see your child like this.  I was crying when I saw this as the boy is so lovely.  I asked the head had action been taken and he wouldn’t tell me.  I know NO ACTION has been taken with regards to the boys that done this.

With the case studies I have from other parents I put an official complaint into Ofsted and also the LEA.  How can a school not act on children being bullied.  ITs almost like the head is allowing the children to bully other children.  They are not addressing so are sending out the wrong message.  The children DOING the bullying are not being punished so to them its ok to pick on another child.  The child being bullied is too scared to tell parents/teachers as there thinking “what’s the point?? Nothing happens”  Hence why there is now an attendance officer at the school as attendance levels have dropped…….can you wonder why??  The headteacher is NOT safeguarding these children at school which is his job.  There is a duty of care to be established and with these pictures and the case studies I have……total neglect

 

I want to hear your opinion.  What does your school do to tackle bullying ?? Has your child been bullied and what is their/your  experience ??

Get free 15 hours a week of FREE childcare for your two-year-old

 

National scheme is aimed at low-income families who receive certain benefits

 
Collette Bradley with daughter Esmee who has had free childcare

Parents across Manchester are being urged to check if their toddlers qualify for free childcare – with 15 hours of early education a week on offer to two-year-olds thanks to a national scheme.

Children are eligible from the beginning of the school term after their second birthday, with the government doubling the number of free places.

Children who were two before August 31 could qualify for a free childcare place from this month.

The service is offered to low-income families and those who receive certain benefits, such as free school meals, income support and Child Tax Credit.

Households must have a gross income of less than £16,190.

The 15-hour entitlement is already available to all three and four-year-olds.

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said the move will help thousands more children ‘get a brighter start in life’.

One parent already benefiting from the scheme, Collette Bradley, says her daughter Esmee, three, has quickly progressed after attending Tiddly Winks Nursery in Higher Blackley since October.

Collette, 34, said: “Esmee was a poorly baby and was very clingy. I couldn’t leave her with anyone and she wouldn’t talk to anyone we met outside.

Nick Clegg

 

“It took about five or six weeks before I could leave her at nursery on her own, but the staff really helped me – it’s been brilliant. She loves it and even asks to go into nursery on the days she’s not in.

“Her speaking skills are great now. Before she went to nursery she wouldn’t speak to anyone she didn’t know, and would play on her own.

“But now she talks to people, shares things, and loves playing with other children.

“Nursery has really done her the world of good and she can’t run off fast enough from me when we get there in the mornings.”

Executive member for Manchester town hall, Coun Sheila Newman, said: “We know that early education is great for children.

“Those who take part get better at talking, making friends, and are better prepared when it comes to starting school.

“This is a great offer for parents and carers who could use their 15 hours of child-free time each week to take a course, find a part-time job, get some exercise, or catch up on things around the house, happy in the knowledge that their child is safe.”

For more information, visit manchester.gov.uk/freechildcare.

 

 

 

 

Cheaper but Effective Teachers Gifts

End of the school year is finally (gulp) here and now is the time to be buying Teachers presents.  When you have 1 or 2 children it isn’t so bad price wise, but if like me you have 5 children and TA’s too, it can work out pricey.  The usual teachers presents are cups, chocolates etc but I’ve found a cheaper  way for a sentimental gift.  The teachers will love it and the kids will enjoy it too.

 

All you need is access to a printer 20140715-141736-51456389.jpg

 

Best Teacher Certificate and Special Teacher letter – your child can colour them in and all you have to do is insert the teachers name.  With the Special Teacher letter your child can write down why the teacher is special to them……Minimal cost, sentimental value  and no calories too.

Ive done these with my children and have laminated them so they dont rip or tear and give that glossy look.  To make it look more appealing you could buy a frame for it and wrap it up.

To print these out you can find them at Activity Village http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/teacher-appreciation

Eczema

Eczema – Hard to Live with. Harder to get rid of.

Top 5 Tips for Eczema


1. How Many People…? If you suffer with Eczema, you’re not alone. Around 6 million people in the UK are now affected by eczema and 1 in in 5 children now suffer with this awful, irritating, skin condition.

Dermatitis is its medical name and whether you’re atopic (genetic) work-related (contact), the circular (discoid) or any of the other recognised types of Eczema, we sympathise. Its awful. Truly awful.

Many conditions may be treated from the outside to manage the Eczema, but don’t forget to to look within. Diet can play a part in helping.


 

2. Foods to Try and Avoid Sugar affects the immune system so reduce your intake and replace with agave syrup where possible. Read more here about Agave Syrup.

Agave Syrup

Avoid preservatives, additives and pesticides. Reduce your intake of dairy, alcohol and tomatoes. Reduce your intake of wheat – it may be worth switching to gluten free foods to see if symptoms improve.  We currently stock an amazing range of quality gluten free foods.

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Cut out tea and coffee and replace with herbal teas.  Our Heath and Heather and Pukka range of herbal teas are both delicious and nutritious.


 

3. Foods to add into the Diet Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. clearspring-oliveExtra Virgin olive oil – our Clear Spring Olive oil is wonderful and we use it daily in our house. Drink freshly made juices – read my blog each week for a new variety. Oily fish for the essential fats. Foods that cleanse the liver such as beetroot, celery and artichokes. Seeds will nourish the skin and speed up the healing process so munch on them throughout the day. Have a look at our munchy seeds range, they come in many varieties and are handy to carry with you.  I always have a packet in my handbag and even our children love them. Add linseeds or flaxseeds to your daily diet.  Our Linwoods range are already ground and so easy to add to soups, cereals and salads. Avocados are rich in vitamin E and so aid skin healing.


 

4. Useful Remedies Take a good multi vitamin daily.  Biocare is a good quality brand and easily digested by the body.  They also do a great children’s vitamin.  This comes in capsules or powder and I simply add it to Harvey and Isabella’s porridge every morning.

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Take a good probiotic as the friendly bacteria improves digestion and reduces immune responses.  A good one is Biocare BioAcidophilus.  Again, we currently stock a children’s one which is strawberry flavoured too. L-Glutamine aids the healing of the gut so worth taking daily also.  We stock a fantastic Biocare L-Glutamine. Evening primrose oil has been shown to help heal eczema.   Again my recommendation would be the Biocare evening primrose oil.

Biocare Evening Primrose Oil

Fish oils are anti inflammatory so again supplement with Biocare Mega EPA 1000 or the Biocare junior fish oil capsule. Calendula cream and lotion can be extremely effective at relieving the itching caused by eczema.  Have a look at our Weleda range. OurSalcura skincare range is specifically designed for eczema and is fantastic.  I would highly recommend it. Manuka Honey is both amazing for the digestive system and immune system and can also be placed directly onto the skin.  The higher the UMF the higher anti bacterial properties it contains. Nutricology Pro Greens or Lean Greens – I take this daily – fantastic at alkalizing the whole body, boosts the immune system and energy levels but has also been shown to be effective in treating eczema and other skin conditions and allergies.  Another effective product are the Wheatgrass shots which you simply take one sachet of daily.

Alassala Argan Oil

Moroccan Argan Oil –The most amazing natural Argan oil proven to be not only a fabulous anti ager and hydrating to the face and body – it is also extremely effective in treating skin conditions.


 

5. Julie’s Helpful TipsRemove as many chemical containing products from your home and life as possible.  Don’t forget those hidden in shampoo, toothpaste, cleaning products and bathing products not to mention over the counter medicines.  All the products we sell do notcontain any harmful chemicals. Although some eczema can be caused by external irritants, it is very often caused by some intolerance.  Therefore, it is worth being tested.  Your GP can arrange this or we do also sell an accurate test that is quick and simple to do.

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Try to reduce stress which will simply exacerbate the symptoms.  Try yoga or maybe gentle exercise such a walking.  I also find camomile tea and natural liquorice to be great for the nervous system and in times of stress Rescue Remedy is wonderful.  We even have Rescue Remedy for children now too. Avoid chemical containing soap powders – our Ecover range is gentle and natural. Avoid chemical containing body and bath products.  Our Lavera, Tiddly Pom, Willow and Little Green Radicals are fantastic for children especially those with eczema.  For adults, I would suggest Lavera, Willow and Spa Rituals – all natural and gentle.   All products mentioned in this report are available at www.winnaturally.com