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When it comes to your kids and their health, you don’t have to figure everything out yourself. 

Finding help

Use these resources to find more information and support about your child's health and the concerns you may have.

Read more about the support and services provided by Local Safeguarding Children Boards

Read more about the support and services available to teenage girls who are pregnant.

Learning disabilities and ADHD

Learn about how specialists go about detecting learning disabilities.

Parents can help children with dyslexia develop reading skills and feel good about themselves.

Learn more about dyspraxia, its causes and treatments.

Discover what to look out for and when to talk with your GP if a child has ADHD symptoms.

Discover the symptoms of ADHD in teenagers and how it is diagnosed and treated.

The symptoms of ADHD and bipolar disorder can be similar, especially in children. Find out more.

Learn how rules, routines, and consistent discipline at home can help the child with ADHD become more organised and self-disciplined.

Discover how behavioural treatment can help those with ADHD increase positive coping skills and change negative behaviours.

Not only do ADHD symptoms cause stress, but some ADHD medications may also increase feelings of anxiety. Learn what you can do to cope better with anxiety and stress.

Autism spectrum disorders

Find out more about the range of autism spectrum disorders.

Get information about bringing up a child with autism.

Read more about Asperger syndrome symptoms.

Learn more about high-functioning autism.

Autism FAQs answered here.

Learn more about applied behaviour analysis (ABA) and how it helps children with autism.

Read more about the benefits of occupational therapy for autism.

Learn the benefits of speech therapy for autism.

Rett syndrome is a relatively rare form of autism. Learn more. 

Some parents report that gluten-free and casein-free diets are good for their children with autism. Find out more.

Sometimes children with autism have a hard time getting to sleep and staying to sleep. Read more.

Read these coping skills that parents can develop for parenting a child with autism.

Epilepsy

Use these resources to find more information and support about your child's health and the concerns you may have.

Find out about seizures in children.

Find out more information about medicines for children with epilepsy

Read more about the special safety consideration a child with epilepsy requires.

Find out about the special issues that teenagers with epilepsy face.

Special needs parenting

Find out more about parenting a child with special needs.

Portage is an educational home visiting service for pre-school children who have additional support needs.

Addressing parents' concerns about children who are blind or vision-impaired.

Read more about muscular dystrophy and its causes.

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of neurological conditions affecting movement and co-ordination because of problems with the brain and the body's nervous system.

How do you get the right information to help to make decisions that are best for your hearing impaired child?

Read more about cystic fibrosis and its causes.

Here’s what to expect if your child has Downs syndrome.

Special concerns

Find out tips for parents of children with organ transplants.

Read more about helping your child recover from surgery.

Find out more about plastic surgery options for misshapen or protruding ears.

Read more about Tay-Sachs disease.

Neuroblastoma is a rare cancer of nerve cells, called neuroblasts, in children.

Find out more about rumination disorder in infants and children.

Rickets causes a child to have soft bones or deformed bones, usually because of nutritional problems.

Retinoblastoma is a malignant tumour on the retina, the light-sensing part of the eye.

The unpredictable nature of MS can be difficult to explain to children.

Labial fusion is a condition where the lips just outside the vagina get stuck together, and is relatively common in young girls and babies.

Restricted growth means a child does not develop to be as tall as other children and adults.

Achondroplasia is a form of dwarfism where a child grows to a lower than usual height and has shortened arms and legs.

Progeria is a rare genetic condition that causes a child to age up to 10 times faster than normal and die young.

Around 1 in 29 children will experience the loss of a parent or sibling, some may experience the death of a grandparent, friend or teacher.

Substance and drug abuse may concern many parents.

Genitals and reproductive organs do not develop as expected for children with disorders of sex development (DSDs).

DiGeorge syndrome, also called 22q11 deletion, is a relatively rare and incurable genetic condition that causes babies to be born with a range of birth defects.

Batten disease is a rare, progressive, neuro-degenerative disorder

Children's mental health

Learn more about the symptoms of mental illness in children.

While separation anxiety is a normal part of early childhood development, sometimes there is reason for concern. Find out more.

Read more about the symptoms of depression in children.

Find out more about children and teenagers with bipolar disorder.

Read more information about the symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder.

Read more about teen depression, and what you can do.

Teenagers these days can face enormous challenges, including discord or hardship at home, stress at school and peer pressure.

Learn the signs of eating disorders in teenagers.

School refusal is an anxiety disorder.

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