Smoking - do the young find it harder to quit?
Nearly 6 out of 10 pregnant teenagers smoke according to Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health – despite knowing about the harmful effects of smoking on an unborn baby. These include low birth weight, asthma and an increased risk of cot death. Do you think young women find it harder to quit than older mums-to-be? Is there a lot of peer pressure? How did you stop smoking?
How much television is too much? Pyschologist Dr Aric Sigman believes that children under three should have little or no screen time. Then a maximum of an hour-and-a-half up to the age of seven, and a maximum of two hours up to the age of 18. The average home contains five screens – including computers and smartphones.
Pregnant women do not need to ‘eat for two’ according to a review by the British Medical Journal. The researchers found that a normal healthy diet prevents excess weight gain and cuts the risk of complications. Current maternity guidelines do not advocate dieting or weight monitoring.
The heat is being blamed for a rise in children falling out of windows. One London hospital admitted four in just a single day - please keep an eye on your little ones!