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Blogs about all aspects of children’s health.

Visit from the Tooth Fairy

22Sep

When Ella was a baby, one of many things we were told (that subsequently turned out not to be the case), was that as she had Down’s Syndrome she would teeth later than other babies and when they did start … Continue reading

  

Potty Training a child with Down’s Syndrome – our journey

4Sep

Potty training is a rite of passage and a skill that most children conquer between the ages of 2 and 4 years of age.  And, just like every other life skill children have to master, some get the hang of … Continue reading

  

End of an era: Lucy leaves nursery

21Aug

This was our last time ever through the big blue doors…   Five years ago, I carried Ella through these doors in her car seat as a little baby, when life was still so full of worry and uncertainty.  The … Continue reading

  

Summer Baking Class with Ella

16Aug

We are almost half way through our summer holiday.  We’ve had some lovely family days out, seen family and friends. There have also been days where we’ve had nothing planned and just spent some much needed time at home and … Continue reading

  

Learning and Growing

27Jul

That’s it! Reception year is finished… School is finally out for summer… Wow, that year went fast. The once pristine book bag is now looking well used, the hem on her dresses is much shorter and I’ve been praying for a … Continue reading

  

Best Apps for Healthy Sleep for You and Your Children

20Jul

Sleep deprivation is a worldwide problem of our time. Although the recommended amount of sleep is 8 hours daily for adults and about 10 hours for school-aged children, an average grown-up barely sleeps 6 hours a day. As for teenagers, … Continue reading

  

A Butterfly In The Wind…

15Jul

I can’t believe that Ella only has two more weeks left in her reception year at school. This time last year I was so full of anticipation, hope and worry at the thought of sending her to school…     … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health: The Power of Pokémon

14Jul

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The resurgence of Pokémon has taken the world by storm in the past week, and you would be hard pressed trying to find someone who had no knowledge of it. The Pokémon Go app has in its first few days … Continue reading

  

I See…

30Jun

I look at these photographs and see so many things…      I see my little artist drawing – one of her favourite things to do. I see her concentration and focus on the task at hand. I see a … Continue reading

  

Heart MOT

22Jun

It’s been 5 years since Ella had her heart surgery at Alder Hey. We celebrated her ‘heart day’ just a few weeks ago with a bit of quiet reflection, lots of thankfulness and of course, cake… Today we went back … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: The First Penis Transplant in the USA, and Should Men Over 40 Avoid Having Children?

17May

Doctors have performed the first penis transplant in the USA

A prominent health news story over the last few days has been the reporting on the first penis transplant in the USA. The story may make many readers wince, but as the doctors who performed the operation have pointed out, … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: Sun Awareness Week 2016

9May

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With the temperature hitting upwards of 26°C across the country this weekend, thousandsof us were outside enjoying the weather. But while you were out in the sun, how much attention did you pay to the protection of your skin? In … Continue reading

  

5 Ways Travel Can Be Good For Your Health

7May

We all know that travel is good for the soul. But what impact can travel have on your health?   1) Boost Your Mood People report feeling happier when they go on holiday more often. That’s probably fairly obvious. Not … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: Revelations about the Quality of Mental Health Care for Young People and a Breakthrough in Cancer Treatment

12Apr

Children and teenagers are being let down by the medical establishment, two new reports argue

Two stories that have dominated the health news over the last few days share a common theme: that young people with mental health problems are being let down by the medical establishment in the UK. An edition of the BBC’s … Continue reading

  

Heart & Sold Art exhibition

8Apr

We have recently spent two lovely Saturday afternoons visiting Salford Museum and Art Gallery.    Our reason for visiting was the recent opening of the ‘Heart & Sold‘ Art exhibition. This unique and special art collection was previewed in London … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: More Strikes, The Oldest Ever Mother of Triplets, and Singing’s Effect on Cancer

6Apr

Evidence suggests that singing in a choir may - for some at least - help to reduce stress and have a number of positive health benefits

Today (Wednesday 6th April), junior doctors in England began their fourth strike over the new contracts that are to be ‘imposed’ on them by the government. The walkout began at 08:00am and will last for 48 hours. With these latest … Continue reading

  

Treloar Talks

18Mar

Some of the speakers at March's Treloar Talks event

At talkhealth, we believe strongly in the importance of talking about health issues. Last week, then, we were delighted to attend the inaugural Treloar Talks event – an evening of fascinating presentations from an eclectic group of speakers in support … Continue reading

  

A little something extra… Everyday

8Mar

The Celebrating difference  I don’t think about or see Ella’s Down’s syndrome everyday. I used to, but not now.  On the face of it she is like many typical 5 year olds. She goes to school, has lots of friends, … Continue reading

  

Everything You Need to Know About Physician Incentive Plans

3Mar

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  In healthcare, there are a wide number of options that offer monetary incentives to healthcare providers. These are known as Physician Incentives Plans, or PIP for short. There are currently around 40 different PIP available across the United States, … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: Printing Body Parts, Mental Health, and the ‘War’ over Junior Doctors’ Contracts

16Feb

A major new report on the state of mental health care in the UK was released this week

In the last few weeks, the NHS has been going through one of the most turbulent periods in its recent history. As you will probably have already seen, the struggles continued last week even as the crisis over junior doctors’ … Continue reading

  

Is there no safe way to get a suntan?

11Feb

Basal cell carcinoma - the most common form of skin cancer.

This week, actor Hugh Jackman revealed on social media that he has recently undergone treatment for basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer. He’s been treated for the condition a number of times before, and has this … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: Children’s Mental Health, and How Much do You Cost the NHS?

9Feb

How much have you cost the NHS?

After weeks of debate and strikes, the NHS continues to dominate the news this week. For a start, junior doctors are due to strike again tomorrow (Wednesday 10th February), over the ongoing dispute about proposed changes to their contracts. A … Continue reading

  

Losing Down’s syndrome?

31Jan

This is Ella at 2 days old, snuggled with her daddy. Loved and protected. All that she knew and all that she needed.       And in so many ways, I wish we could keep her just like this. … Continue reading

  

Parenting Stress: Aren’t You Fed Up?

27Jan

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Being a parent is a terrible full-time job. And if you meet people who say it isn’t – believe me, they are either on meds, or still pregnant and have never been ‘in the field’ for real-life parenting. Of course, … Continue reading

  

This week in health news: Strikes, Sugar Tax, and more

27Jan

The NHS could be set to undergo yet more reforms

Welcome to our second weekly round-up of health news! Last week, we talked about the ongoing dispute about junior doctors’ contract renegotiations and the strikes that had broken out the week before, as well as the proposed ‘sugar tax’ in … Continue reading

  

Should mental health be taught in primary schools?

22Jan

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Far from being a problem exclusively suffered by adults, mental health issues affect children too. According to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health around one in ten youngsters suffer from mental health problems, with 75% of these not … Continue reading

  

Meet Speedo Mick … charity fundraiser extraordinaire

12Jan

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Amongst other things I’m a Wycombe Wanderers football fan. A league 2 club with no money but fans who totally believe in and support the manager and the squad week in and week out. And this weekend just gone was … Continue reading

  

The year that was – 2015

7Jan

I always enjoy writing these end of year posts on the blog.  What we’ve done, where we’ve been, who we’ve met and what we have learnt. It’s always lovely to be able to look back and see where the year … Continue reading

  

Tips to ease ear infection pain in children

24Nov

Middle ear infections (acute otitis media) are one of the most common childhood illnesses. More than 80% of children will have at least one infection by their third birthday, and nearly 100% will have experienced an episode by age five. … Continue reading

  

Mummy

23Nov

I was sorting through Ella’s school book bag on Sunday evening, getting ready for the week ahead. In and amongst the parent governor nomination letter, her communication book and the many drawings she comes home with on a daily basis, … Continue reading

  

What To Expect If You Are Having An MRI

4Nov

Five years ago I barely even knew what an MRI was.  Since then, the word MRI has featured far more frequently than I would have liked within my family.  Due to serious health scares with three of my four children, … Continue reading

  

Emma-jane – a serious good news story!

2Nov

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It is always so nice to get good news stories, isn’t it? So, I was chuffed to bits to get an email from a proud gran who had been a subscriber to the Foods Matter magazine way back in 2002. At … Continue reading

  

A Pink Umbrella

21Oct

Today was wet! And we can’t complain too much as the weather has been quite dry of late. But I guess it’s that time of year when the days are just going to get darker, colder and wetter. After I’d … Continue reading

  

You are my sunshine

15Oct

You may have picked up from my last post that little Bud is becoming much more demanding at home and as a result much harder work for us. It’s not so much the behaviour as the relentless need for attention. … Continue reading

  

Type 2 Diabetes doesn’t discriminate for Age

2Oct

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The news of an obese 3 year old from Texas being the youngest patient ever with type 2 diabetes is shocking indeed. She reached the weight of 5 ½ stone and developed symptoms of extreme thirst and excess urination after … Continue reading

  

Ready for the School run…

25Sep

Ella’s been in school for 3 weeks now. She has settled well, is participating activities and learning along side her peers. She loves her teacher, giving her a big hug as a greeting each morning.  She knows where her peg … Continue reading

  

Proud Moments – {September 2015}

21Sep

There’s a lovely little thing that happens every month in the ‘Future of Downs’ Facebook group.  We celebrate our children’s milestones and share what’s made us proud. We do this on the 21st to represent the three copies of chromosome … Continue reading

  

Jamie’s sugar tax – no way……..

21Sep

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Did anyone see Jamie’s Sugar Rush on Channel 4 a few weeks ago? Jamie Oliver’s new campaign to tackle childhood obesity by reducing sugar intake through a sugar tax on soft drinks. It was an excellent programme and showed, among … Continue reading

  

Summer Respite

18Sep

No sooner did Summer come and it’s already gone. For those of us living in the North there would be a strong case for questioning whether it ever came at all. Thankfully we were fortunate enough to manage two weeks … Continue reading

  

Medical clowns help kids with allergy tests

14Sep

I think I had heard of medical clowns before, but my attention was caught by this report in Science Daily (courtesy of my colleague, John Scott) about medical clowns being used to distract and calm children during allergy testing. What a great idea. Prick … Continue reading

  

#ZeroWasteWeek – Waste Less, Live Better

10Sep

  It’s Zero Waste Week, that one week a year where we’re encouraged to help the environment by producing less waste. But, if truth be told, every week should be Zero Waste Week.   In the UK, we produce millions … Continue reading

  

The stigma of stomas?

6Sep

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Luke Bennet’s very brave ‘selfie’ that went viral with 3 million views and shared by 10 000 users, depicted the 20 year old law student from Swansea standing in his boxers with his 5 week old stoma bag proudly on … Continue reading

  

Starting school

3Sep

On Monday, Ella’s next adventure begins…   The Education Health and Care Plan has been finalised, the school uniform bought and my head is fit to explode with equal measures of pride, worry and love. My big girl is going … Continue reading

  

We Three Teds

24Aug

‘Three teds (Dotty the Cat, Olive the Lion and Frank the Monkey)  travelling the world visiting real families who want to share their lives – each is lucky to love a person with Down Syndrome’… Our visit from Dotty the … Continue reading

  

Runner bean

2Aug

Ella very much lives for the moment… I love that about her, but it does bring with it certain challenges.  And this is in no way meant to be a negative post, just an honest one. I am finding it … Continue reading

  

14 Shocking things you need to know about dental health

28Jul

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14 Shocking things you need to know about dental health. We all know that brushing our teeth twice a day and regular visits to our dentists are the key to keeping our teeth healthy. While this is true, there are … Continue reading

  

Remember me?!

26Jul

Some of you may (or may not) have noticed but it’s been a fairly epic break since I last wrote a post on here… I decided to take a little break to spend more quality (less distracted) time with my … Continue reading

  

What Does Healthy Really Mean Anyway?!

2Jul

“Healthy”. That word is everywhere. But what is and isn’t “healthy” seems to change from one day to the next. You know what I mean… Once upon a time, fat was the enemy, low-fat was the way forward and half … Continue reading

  

Stay cool. It’s going to be hot.

29Jun

Eczema: 5 dilemmas for parents in summer

A heat wave is forecast with temperatures rising above 30 degrees centigrade. Detrimental health effects of hot weather include dehydration, overheating, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke , which is a medical emergency and can be fatal. Generally the risk of these … Continue reading

  

Proud Moments – June 2015

23Jun

There’s a lovely little thing that happens every month in the ‘Future of Downs’ Facebook group.  We celebrate our children’s milestones and share what’s made us proud. We do this on the 21st to represent the three copies of chromosome … Continue reading

  

New Meningitis Vaccine.A great Fathers Day Present

21Jun

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Today it was announced that England will become the first country in the world to protect babies against Meningitis B. There is also going to be a vaccine against Meningitis W, which commonly affects teenagers and students.  The new vaccine … Continue reading

  

Informed Choice

18Jun

It has been kindly brought to my attention this morning that an image of myself and Rosie is being used in the USA for a ‘pro-life’ article fiercely campaigning against abortion.I’d like to state that if you see any articles … Continue reading

  

It’s Summer – be careful out there!

17Jun

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With Summer upon us, I thought I would remind people of some of the dangers associated with the great outdoors. Despite the UK being a relatively safe place as far as harmful creatures is concerned there are some that can … Continue reading

  

Telling the medical wheat from the chaff

8Jun

Ten days ago I had an exchange with Dr Janice Joneja which illustrated yet again the problems faced by conventional practitioners when dealing with little understood conditions such as autism. Dr Joneja had had an email from a dietitian who had … Continue reading

  

Sliding Doors

7Jun

These are my two babies at their 20 week scans…                                   Look very similar, don’t they? Both loved, wanted and unique.  However, one of … Continue reading

  

The ‘Magic’

1Jun

A couple of years ago, I nursed a lovely old lady. I’d not met her before and while helping her to have a wash, we got talking about her and her family. She told me about her husband, their two … Continue reading

  

Sudden Infant Death syndrome – Advice for Parents

1Jun

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I have not shaved today. Over 30 years ago I worked for a Paediatrician who had a special interest in what was then termed cot death.  I found it very distressing and emotional dealing with cases.  Little was known about … Continue reading

  

Mum knows best when it comes looking after our teeth

26May

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Parents pass many pearls of wisdom throughout their lifetime but its mums who seem to take the lead on how we care for our teeth, according to a new poll. More than two in three (68 per cent) of us … Continue reading

  

New Safety App for National Epilepsy Week Stay Smart campaign

15May

SUDEP Action has launched its Stay Smart campaign for National Epilepsy Week encouraging people with epilepsy to register for a new Safety App. The technology, EpSMon, is designed to help people with epilepsy assess their risks in between visits with … Continue reading

  

The Problem with Nuts

5May

Well, to be honest, it is not nuts that are the problem, it is the confusion arising from the laudable efforts of regulators and manufacturers to improve allergen labelling for the benefit of allergic consumers. But, nuts being at the … Continue reading

  

The language of life

20Apr

I often wish I could get inside Ella’s head…   I wonder what the world is like from her perspective, what she sees, how she thinks and how she feels.   I’ve had a challenging time with her recently – … Continue reading

  

School and the EHCP

17Apr

As with a lot of families across the country, this week we received our offer of a place at Primary School for Ella.  We did our research and ended up choosing our local, mainstream school that we live in the … Continue reading

  

Food allergies: How to deal with kid’s parties

24Mar

Dealing with allergies at birthday parties

We have yet another birthday party coming up. I don’t know the parents – or even the child particularly, so we’re instantly on allergy alert. Here’s our list of things to think about when the invite arrives: MyItchyBoy is now … Continue reading

  

Proud moments – {March 2015}

21Mar

There’s a lovely little thing that happens every month in the ‘Future of Downs’ Facebook group.  We celebrate our children’s milestones and share what’s made us proud. We do this on the 21st to represent the three copies of chromosome … Continue reading

  

5 Ways To Get Happy This Spring

20Mar

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  Today is both International Day of Happiness and the first day of spring!   There is so much to smile about now spring is finally here and studies show that happier people live longer and enjoy better overall health. … Continue reading

  

Packing an everyday bag for your allergy child

17Mar

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We have a bag for MyItchyBoy that goes everywhere with him.  Over the past few years we’ve learned the essentials we need to keep in there. Ask your local pharmacy if they can sell you a small medicine bottle. Ours … Continue reading

  

Preparing for your child’s Allergy Appointment

5Mar

How to prepare for your child’s Allergy Appointment Check your appointment letter to see whether there will be any tests done on the day – skin prick or blood test. Also check if and when you need to stop giving … Continue reading

  

Putting on a smile for World Book Day

5Mar

Looking after my teeth

Today, everybody at the British Dental Health Foundation is celebrating World Book Day! As a charity, we are determined to improve the oral health of children not only across the United Kingdom but all over the world. We believe in … Continue reading

  

{Proud Moments} – February 2015

20Feb

There’s a lovely little thing that happens every month in the ‘Future of Downs’ Facebook group.  We celebrate our children’s milestones and share what’s made us proud. We do this on the 21st to represent the three copies of chromosome … Continue reading

  

The Invisibility Cloak

19Feb

I didn’t gain weight accidentally.  I didnt gain weight because I simply couldn’t resist the chocolate or couln’t be bothered to exercise. I didn’t gain weight by having my four children. It didn’t creep up on me.  I gained weight … Continue reading

  

Oh Help, Oh No…It’s a Gruffalo!!

15Feb

Friday was an inset day for Ella, before her half term break starts. With Lucy at her nursery as usual, I had a rare day to spend with just my big girl. A quick google search for local days out … Continue reading

  

One small step for Rosie…

11Feb

Wow what a few weeks we’ve been having with little Budlington! Those that follow on Facebook will be aware that her recent jaunts with her walking aid have reached a whole new level after we walked all the way to … Continue reading

  

10 Breakfast Ideas for National Breakfast Week

26Jan

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It’s National Breakfast Week! If you usually skip breakfast or have the same old thing every morning, this is the week to shake things up and start each day with something healthy and delicious! Breakfast is the most important meal … Continue reading

  

{Proud Moments} – January 2015

21Jan

There’s a lovely little thing that happens every month in the ‘Future of Downs’ Facebook group.  We celebrate our children’s milestones and share what’s made us proud. We do this on the 21st to represent the three copies of chromosome … Continue reading

  

Living Arrows 2015 {3/52}

19Jan

My East Coast American cousins will wonder what we’re all so excited about this side of the pond… But we’ve had SNOW!! Not as much as they’re used to but enough for a snowman (or two) and a few snowballs. … Continue reading

  

Living Arrows 2015 {2/52}

12Jan

This weekend I got to spend some time with just Ella while my mum looked after Lucy. An adventure with my big girl… Her nursery had organised a trip to see ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ at The Lowry … Continue reading

  

Strolling into a new year…

11Jan

This is a very quick post to share the amazing achievement of Rosie over the festive holidays. It’s been a wonderful break for Rosie and family – so much has happened and I have no idea where to begin. The … Continue reading

  

Unexpected Thanks

8Jan

I used to think I was a pretty organised person. As the years have progressed and I now have more responsibilities (and less time) I am slowly coming around to the realisation that how organised I think I am and … Continue reading

  

Living Arrows 2015 {1/52}

5Jan

Thought I’d start off this years Living Arrows project with some pictures of both girls, so I can look back at the end of the year and see how they have grown and changed. Here’s my biggest girl who just … Continue reading

  

Another year over…

30Dec

The presents have been opened, lots of food eaten and lots of fun with family has been had. Now the decorations are down as we say farewell to Christmas and await the beginning of a new year…  A good time … Continue reading

  

Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries, Chestnuts, Garlic and Thyme

23Dec

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Wait! Woah! What are you doing with that sprout!? I hope you’re not planning on boiling it! Boiling sprouts, in my opinion, should be considered a criminal offence. They’re always over-boiled, so no wonder they have such a bad reputation. … Continue reading

  

{Proud Moments} – December 2014

21Dec

There’s a lovely little thing that happens every month in the ‘Future of Downs’ Facebook group. We celebrate our children’s milestones and share what’s made us proud. We do this on the 21st to represent the three copies of chromosome … Continue reading

  

I'm (kind of) Standing – yeah! yeah! yeah!

19Dec

This is likely to be the last post of this year before it’s tools down and chilling out for Christmas. Two fairly major events have happened since I last wrote and seeing as they are both really positive it seems … Continue reading

  

Now I am 4!

9Dec

Happy Birthday Ella! For some reason, 4 seems so much bigger and older than 3 to me. I feel as though she’s grown up so much, more than the passing of just one year…     3 to 4… A … Continue reading

  

Daddy's Girl

30Nov

I’m not sure why or for what reason but at this particular moment in Rosie’s life she is very much all about ‘Daddy’. This is not to say no-one else gets a look in but we just seem to be … Continue reading

  

5 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Immune System This Winter

25Nov

Winter is fast approaching and with the colder temperatures and the darker nights comes the seemingly inevitable coughs and sniffles! But there are a number of ways to boost your immune system and give yourself the best chance of fighting … Continue reading

  

{Proud Moments} – November 2014

21Nov

There’s a lovely little thing that happens every month in the ‘Future of Downs’ Facebook group. We celebrate our children’s milestones and share what’s made us proud. We do this on the 21st to represent the three copies of chromosome … Continue reading

  

Power to the Parents!

20Nov

Last month I was kindly invited by Viv Bennett, Director of Nursing at DoH to partake in their current ‘Week of Action’ by writing this post outlining the power and importance of parent blogging and what motivated me to start ‘The … Continue reading

  

Sorry seems to be the hardest word…

5Nov

So after a few days without my family I sit here babysitting my Godson Marley and his sister whilst his Mum and Dad go out for a well earned meal – it feels a bit like a busman’s holiday to … Continue reading

  

Eczema: guilt-ridden, relentless helicoptering!

2Nov

Hard to relax with eczema kids

There has been much talk over the years of allergy parents being forced to become the much-mocked ‘helicopter’ parent out of necessity and panic over their child.  Watching everything your child eats and touches and is given to avoid an … Continue reading

  

Sisters #4

24Oct

Through the recent sleepless nights, two poorly girls, temperatures, tears (including mine!) and snot there have been lots of (mostly) lovely moments between my little ladies.  Seemingly small, trivial and fleeting things that don’t mean very much on their own … Continue reading

  

{Proud Moments} – October 2014

21Oct

There’s a lovely little thing that happens every month in the ‘Future of Downs’ Facebook group. We celebrate our children’s milestones and share what’s made us proud. We do this on the 21st to represent the three copies of chromosome 21 … Continue reading

  

10 Tips for Travelling with an Allergic Child

7Oct

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Here are my top 10 tips for travelling with an allergic child that I wanted to share after our experience of MyItchyBoy having an allergic reaction on holiday this summer: 1. Agree beforehand who is best equipped to deal with … Continue reading

  

Allergic Reaction on Holiday

7Oct

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Finding somewhere to take an atopic child on holiday is hard. For MyItchyBoy, it’s not just the food allergies, but eczema too. We have to find somewhere not too remote (proximity to medical services and availability of food), somewhere not … Continue reading

  

Pre-school begins

6Oct

We are already 3 weeks into Ella’s first term at pre-school.  Time is flying by! And I’m happy to report that she seems to be loving it and has settled in really well.  I was able to drop her off … Continue reading

  

Oral health report encouraging, charity claims

30Sep

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The news was released on the British Dental Health Foundation News section The first national survey examining the oral health of three year old children has revealed more than one in 10 have signs of visible tooth decay. The report, … Continue reading

  

My Big Girl and I, Part 2

29Sep

This is my last Monday with only Ella while Lucy is in nursery. Then it’s back to normal from next week. So today I thought we’d do something that would be nigh on impossible with both of them and that … Continue reading

  

A Double MAD Night

22Sep

*WARNING* This post contains countless clichés! So apologies in advance for a post likely to be packed full of obvious statements but I just can’t find the words to express my total shock at coming away from Friday night’s 2014 … Continue reading

  

Proud moments – September

21Sep

There’s this lovely little thing that happens on the 21st of every month in the ‘Future of Downs’ Facebook group. We celebrate our children’s milestones and share what’s made us proud. We do this on the 21st to represent the … Continue reading

  

Budlington Begins Nursery

10Sep

So last Wednesday the day finally arrived for Rosie to begin nursery school. It’s a day that three years ago we could only dream about. This time in 2011 we were two weeks away from signing the medical forms that … Continue reading

  

My Big Girl and I, Part 1

9Sep

To cut a long and rather boring story short, for the next few weeks Lucy is going to nursery on a Monday meaning I get a day a week with Ella by herself.This Monday was our first day together.  After … Continue reading

  

I Heart my girl

3Sep

Just a quick post.  Ella had her yearly cardiac review today. It soon comes around! I know I’ve said this before, but it’s still the appointment I worry about the most and the one I lose sleep over. I doubt … Continue reading

  

Flowering Bud

2Sep

I apologise for beginning this post with an age old cliché but seriously, where does time actually go? Another couple of weeks (and more) have passed since I last wrote and suddenly I find everything happening at once. No sooner … Continue reading

  

3 years later…

23Aug

3 years ago this week, I started a blog. A blog about my baby daughter Ella. A lot had happened since her birth and I wanted to capture her milestones and achievements and to share our journey. I wanted to … Continue reading

  

Smoke-free cars ‘a step in the right direction’

19Aug

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The blog entry was released on the British Dental Health Foundation Blog section The proposal to ban smoking in cars carrying children is a very welcome one indeed. As mouth cancer campaigners, the British Dental Health Foundation believe the consultation put forward … Continue reading

  

Glastonbuddy 2014

14Aug

Well we’re now back from our Summer holidays and I thought it was about time I wrote a post, so here goes…A week and half ago we packed up our car filling every single available space with camping equipment and … Continue reading

  

Little butterfly

6Aug

Today was Ella’s leavers party at nursery. Saying goodbye to all the children leaving to go to school or pre school. They had a great day, with bouncy castle, games and party food. There was still very much a party … Continue reading

  

On a Roll

3Aug

I suddenly seem to have a little girl by my side, no longer a toddler… She’s very independent, chatty, pushing boundaries and generally growing up way too fast.   Over the last few weeks, the biggest change in her has … Continue reading

  

Bladder, bowel and digestive health clinic 2014

28Jul

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Did you manage to visit our online clinic on bladder, bowel and digestive health? If you missed it or would like to read through the questions and answers you can see all the content here. We would like to thank … Continue reading

  

Mencap Top Talent

16Jul

Well I promised in my last post that I’d let you know how the talk went… It’s been three weeks and I’ve just not managed to find the time for one reason or another. So I apologise for taking so … Continue reading

  

Sun safety at Wimbledon

30Jun

Man with a sunburn

The sun is shining once again over Wimbledon and St John Ambulance is encouraging spectators to stay safe in the sun by being aware of a few simple steps. The high temperatures are already keeping the 43 volunteer first aiders, … Continue reading

  

Challenge eHealth Innovation Awards

27Jun

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talkhealth are proud to be supporting the Challenge ‘eHealth innovation Awards’. Please see details below. Expressions of interest are now open for the ‘Challenge eHealth Innovation Awards’.  The event sponsored by the Welsh Government offers SMEs, clinicians, healthcare workers, patients, … Continue reading

  

Little Miss Swiss

24Jun

I think I’ve just broken my own record for the longest time between posts! During this time Rosie has been unwell with a chest and ear infection (for over two weeks). It’s been a long time since she’s been under … Continue reading

  

Learning disability week 2014

22Jun

To celebrate this years learning disability week, Mencap have chosen ‘firsts’ as their focus topic. Wonderful stories of first days at school, first dates, first homes, jobs and other milestones have been shared by people all week.  It’s made me … Continue reading

  

Sleeping lion

20Jun

When I was little, my parents would often find me asleep on the landing outside their bedroom door when they got up in a morning. I have vague memories of doing this and seem to remember taking my blanket with … Continue reading

  

Need to lose weight ASAP!

20May

I’ve just had a Facebook message asking me for help, looking for a gym, as they “need to lose weight ASAP” Here is my response: “Here’s some free advice that most people pay for, so I’ll keep it simple and … Continue reading

  

What a team!

19May

Well what can I say about yesterday?I’ve tried thinking of suitable words; Proud, emotional, humbled, grateful, tearful… but nothing comes close to explaining how I really felt seeing everyone, runners of all abilities, in their green Running for Rosie & Friends 2014 … Continue reading

  

Taking a stroll

12May

In true Rosie fashion any worries and anxieties raised in last weeks post were swiftly put to one side (for a short while at least) when she walked across the room for the very first time with the aid of … Continue reading

  

Exam Pressure – Helping Out the Kids!

8May

Joe and the ball

Kids at the age of seven appear to be doing their exams at the moment. It appears that they are being put under lots of pressure. Parents are reporting to me that their kids are experiencing tantrums, sleepless nights, crying…in … Continue reading

  

Ever felt like pulling your hair out?

7May

…”Might be a bit of a struggle in your case Tom!” I hear you say. However for Rosie things are a bit different. To be honest with you this post doubles up as a cry for help/advice/reassurance as much as … Continue reading

  

The Learning Journey

6May

Last week we received confirmation of Ella’s pre-school place… Can’t actually believe I’ve just typed that. Pre-school?! Where have the last 4 years gone?!  I’m already an emotional wreck about it.  She will be leaving the wonderful nursery she’s been … Continue reading

  

Want to know the latest news on talkhealth? Here’s what we’ve got coming up in May…

2May

epilepsy clinic

National Epilepsy Week National Epilepsy week for 2014 is running from 18th – 24th May – and talkhealth will be doing everything we can to help raise awareness during this time. We are very excited to be running the FIRST EVER … Continue reading

  

Spring into action!

29Apr

It’s been a busy but brilliant couple of weeks since I last posted an update on here. The long Easter weekend was spent with Uncle’s, Aunts, Cousins and grandparents as we descended on the London branch of the family. On … Continue reading

  

Will my son make a great pharmacist one day?

18Apr

MyItchyBoy’s arms and legs are itchy and sore and it seems nothing we are doing is helping. Our last appointment with the dermatologist, lots of scary-sounding solutions were brought up.  Since then, he’s been on a two month course of steroids.  … Continue reading

  

Living arrows 15/52 –

13Apr

The time, place, family and story behind the picture may be different. But if you look back through many a baby photo album there are certain scenes that get re-enacted time and time again.  A brand new, pink baby in … Continue reading

  

Living arrows 14/52 – snuggles

7Apr

Today was mostly wet and miserable. This afternoon while Lucy napped, Ella and I cuddled on the chair and watched some TV.  It’s very rare these days that it’s only Ella and I – makes every little snuggle more important … Continue reading

  

Living arrows 13/52 – my little artist

5Apr

Ella just loves drawing. She often asks for ‘paper’ and will sit and draw at her little table for ages. It seems to be the one activity that holds her attention and calms her inner whirlwind for a time. Her … Continue reading

  

Every little step…

2Apr

Well I’m happy to say we’ve survived March again – without doubt THE most chaotic month of the year in our house. Thankfully all birthdays passed off without too much trouble other than the obvious dent in the the monthly … Continue reading

  

Living arrows 12/52

24Mar

After a couple of weeks of illness and teething, our happy girl is back… +183   

  

Living arrows 12/52

24Mar

After a couple of weeks of illness and teething, our happy girl is back… +184   

  

Living arrows 11/52 – raising awareness xx

21Mar

So, breaking with the norm a bit here.. A video rather than a picture but it’s World Downs Syndrome awareness week and this sums it up nicely xx http://youtu.be/ssGqVO6BBBM +189   

  

Living arrows 11/52 – raising awareness xx

21Mar

So, breaking with the norm a bit here.. A video rather than a picture but it’s World Downs Syndrome awareness week and this sums it up nicely xx http://youtu.be/ssGqVO6BBBM +248   

  

Bud turns three

19Mar

As you may remember from last year March is a truly crazy month in our household with all three of our children celebrating birthdays! Rosie turned three this weekend and we celebrated at home with family and friends, all of … Continue reading

  

Nutrition & Hydration Week 17-23 March

19Mar

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Water  – did you know that it’s the best fuel for a healthy life – and in fact one of the most precious and important commodities in the world? Water makes up 2/3rds of our body and therefore it is … Continue reading

  

Lose the label campaign

17Mar

This week is Down’s Syndrome Awareness week – there couldn’t be a more appropriate time for Ella to be featured in the powerful and emotive photo campaign entitled ‘Lose the Label’… It took a long time, but I don’t think … Continue reading

  

Lose the label campaign

17Mar

This week is Down’s Syndrome Awareness week – there couldn’t be a more appropriate time for Ella to be featured in the powerful and emotive photo campaign entitled ‘Lose the Label’… It took a long time, but I don’t think … Continue reading

  

Living arrows 10/52 – First of Spring…

14Mar

Lovely afternoons in the garden with my girls this week.  Lets hope this lovely weather continues! +251   

  

Living arrows 10/52 – First of Spring…

14Mar

Lovely afternoons in the garden with my girls this week.  Lets hope this lovely weather continues! +184   

  

Living arrows 9/52 – family

8Mar

So here’s this weeks living arrows. Better late than never, can you tell I’m back at work now?…  Here’s Ella with my two younger brothers at Fountains Abbey last weekend. I love them as my brothers, but love them even … Continue reading

  

Living arrows 9/52 – family

8Mar

So here’s this weeks living arrows. Better late than never, can you tell I’m back at work now?…  Here’s Ella with my two younger brothers at Fountains Abbey last weekend. I love them as my brothers, but love them even … Continue reading

  

The rest will follow…

5Mar

Ever since Ella was a tiny baby there has been huge emphasis on supporting and helping her development.  Over the last three years she’s had medical and developmental input from physiotherapy, speech therapy, dietitians, paediatrician, specialist nurses, cardiac team, feeding … Continue reading

  

The rest will follow…

5Mar

Ever since Ella was a tiny baby there has been huge emphasis on supporting and helping her development.  Over the last three years she’s had medical and developmental input from physiotherapy, speech therapy, dietitians, paediatrician, specialist nurses, cardiac team, feeding … Continue reading

  

Learning to walk and fork

27Feb

Last week we had a visit from Rosie’s physio who said she’d noticed a big difference in her, which is so encouraging to hear, especially from a professional as I often lose sight of how well she is doing – … Continue reading

  

Protecting your child from meningitis

26Feb

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Meningitis can strike quickly and kill within hours – its impact can last a lifetime. Babies and children are the most at risk, with around half of all cases occurring in the under 5s. Risk increases again for teenagers and … Continue reading

  

Living arrows 8/52 – in the picture

25Feb

Since becoming a mum, I’ve taken hundreds (possibly thousands) of photos. Early days, baby firsts, special days, family, friends, funny moments, milestones. They are a lasting reminder of both our daughters time in this world. Looking through them the other … Continue reading

  

Living arrows 8/52 – in the picture

25Feb

Since becoming a mum, I’ve taken hundreds (possibly thousands) of photos. Early days, baby firsts, special days, family, friends, funny moments, milestones. They are a lasting reminder of both our daughters time in this world. Looking through them the other … Continue reading

  

Adventures with Henry

18Feb

On valentines day, Ella bought a friend home with her from nursery to stay for the weekend.  He came with a list of likes and dislikes, a diary for us to write in and he seemed to be a well … Continue reading

  

Adventures with Henry

18Feb

On valentines day, Ella bought a friend home with her from nursery to stay for the weekend.  He came with a list of likes and dislikes, a diary for us to write in and he seemed to be a well … Continue reading

  

Living arrows 7/52 – one little pirate jumping on the bed!

16Feb

I’ve had a tough week with Ella, she’s been stroppy, defiant and shouting when she’s tired, frustrated or things aren’t going her way. Learning how to handle her when she’s like this and trying to decipher what’s wrong has been … Continue reading

  

Living arrows 7/52 – one little pirate jumping on the bed!

16Feb

I’ve had a tough week with Ella, she’s been stroppy, defiant and shouting when she’s tired, frustrated or things aren’t going her way. Learning how to handle her when she’s like this and trying to decipher what’s wrong has been … Continue reading

  

Two today!

14Feb

Remembered at the last minute that the blog is two years old today, seen as I haven’t prepared anything to mark the occasion here is a little ‘off the cuff’ and if I’m honest ‘pretty naff’ poem: 

Roses are Red
Violets … Continue reading

  

Neither up nor down

11Feb

I’m happy to say that Rosie’s biting and face grabbing has subsided quite considerably. Whilst it hasn’t stopped altogether it’s certainly a step in the right direction and we anticipate it disappearing completely in the coming weeks – wishful thinking … Continue reading

  

Living arrows – 6/52

10Feb

Loving watching Ella and Lucy’s relationship develop. Ella at times can be bossy, reluctant to share, rough and there’s a little jealousy creeping in now too. Lucy is beginning to assert herself when Ella removes her toys or is too … Continue reading

  

Living arrows – 6/52

10Feb

Loving watching Ella and Lucy’s relationship develop. Ella at times can be bossy, reluctant to share, rough and there’s a little jealousy creeping in now too. Lucy is beginning to assert herself when Ella removes her toys or is too … Continue reading

  

Eczema is bad for my health – part 2

5Feb

Offending lamp

Ok, so I might be admitting here what a twit I can be, or maybe just highlighting what a danger nocturnal parenting can be. The other night I’d just started to drop off when the inevitable ‘Mummy!’ came from the … Continue reading

  

The Adventures of Max the Dog & Ella the Princess

5Feb

My brother and sister in law wrote a book for Ella a while ago. It features her as well as some beloved family pets (Max the dog and Gordon the cat).  My brother has spent many hours and lots of … Continue reading

  

The Adventures of Max the Dog & Ella the Princess

5Feb

My brother and sister in law wrote a book for Ella a while ago. It features her as well as some beloved family pets (Max the dog and Gordon the cat).  My brother has spent many hours and lots of … Continue reading

  

Living arrows 5/52

3Feb

Ella…a million and one things before she is a child with Down’s syndrome.  Sister, daughter, friend, mischief maker, banana fiend, puddle splasher, bookworm, hairbrush hater, Mr Tumble’s No 1 fan, trampoline jumper, climber, cat lover and makeup artist… My Ella … Continue reading

  

Living arrows 5/52

3Feb

Ella…a million and one things before she is a child with Down’s syndrome.  Sister, daughter, friend, mischief maker, banana fiend, puddle splasher, bookworm, hairbrush hater, Mr Tumble’s No 1 fan, trampoline jumper, climber, cat lover and makeup artist… My Ella … Continue reading

  

#talkhealth Twitter Chat – Should ecigs be banned for under 18’s?

27Jan

Should ecigs be banned for under 18s?

Tonight is the first of our #talkhealth weekly Twitter Chats. Each Monday from 8-9pm we will be hosting a Twitter Chat based around a topical health news story of the week. Tonight it’s all about electronic cigarettes. “Should ecigarettes be … Continue reading

  

Living Arrows 4/52 – sweet dreams

26Jan

This weekend we decided to move Ella out of her cot bed (which we need for Lucy) and into a proper single bed.  I had no worries about the transition (other than she’s growing up too fast!), Ella’s been sleeping … Continue reading

  

Living Arrows 4/52 – sweet dreams

26Jan

This weekend we decided to move Ella out of her cot bed (which we need for Lucy) and into a proper single bed.  I had no worries about the transition (other than she’s growing up too fast!), Ella’s been sleeping … Continue reading

  

Living arrows 3/52 – Moving Up

20Jan

This last week, Ella has moved up to the over 3’s group at nursery.  She left the baby room 18 months ago and has continued to flourish since then.  And suddenly, she’s become a real little girl now, certainly knows … Continue reading

  

Living arrows 3/52 – Moving Up

20Jan

This last week, Ella has moved up to the over 3’s group at nursery.  She left the baby room 18 months ago and has continued to flourish since then.  And suddenly, she’s become a real little girl now, certainly knows … Continue reading

  

Bud Bites Back…

14Jan

Thanks to our very generous family and friends Rosie has been well and truly spoiled again this Christmas time. She has plenty of new books and a whole array of new toys to help her move on with her development. … Continue reading

  

Dermatology appointment – debrief

13Jan

Well, it didn’t help that last time (4 mths ago) as well as this time, MyItchyBoy was seen in the Dermatology Department.  Sound odd?  No, I know, a dermatologist in the dermatologist department, right?  Well, yes, but when you have … Continue reading

  

Living Arrows 2/52- Lucy

12Jan

This weeks pictures are of Lucy. I’ve been told she doesn’t feature enough on the blog, which I guess is true being that Ella has dominated this space for the last 2 or so years…  So Lucy and I have … Continue reading

  

Living Arrows 2/52- Lucy

12Jan

This weeks pictures are of Lucy. I’ve been told she doesn’t feature enough on the blog, which I guess is true being that Ella has dominated this space for the last 2 or so years…  So Lucy and I have … Continue reading

  

The Little Things (again!)

11Jan

Watching Ella develop and grow into the independent, defiant, funny child she is today has been one of the best things about being a mum. Along the way, we’ve always been more appreciative of the little things she achieves. Small … Continue reading

  

The Little Things (again!)

11Jan

Watching Ella develop and grow into the independent, defiant, funny child she is today has been one of the best things about being a mum. Along the way, we’ve always been more appreciative of the little things she achieves. Small … Continue reading

  

Living Arrows 1/52 – cat and snuggle

6Jan

Living Arrows – A portrait every week of what having children is all about.  Some weeks it will be Ella or Lucy, others a favourite toy, place, meal or just something that has caught my eye that wouldn’t neccessarily have … Continue reading

  

Looking back…

29Dec

I know it wont be the same for everyone, but for us, on the whole 2013 was a good year. This time last year, I was announcing my pregnancy, Ella was just taking her first steps alone and the house … Continue reading

  

Looking back…

29Dec

I know it wont be the same for everyone, but for us, on the whole 2013 was a good year. This time last year, I was announcing my pregnancy, Ella was just taking her first steps alone and the house … Continue reading

  

Season’s Greetings

23Dec

Christmas is nearly upon us! I have one more day left in work then it’s feet fully up for the festive period – as much as three children will allow anyway! We really look forward to this valuable family time … Continue reading

  

The Red Cross offers a pocket-sized companion that could save you a trip to hospital this Christmas

23Dec

Stethoscope and First Aid Kit isolated

Take the British Red Cross’ advice and download its innovative free mobile first aid apps – it could save you a trip to hospital this Christmas. Burns are the most common type of injury at this time of year, according … Continue reading

  

The magic of Christmas

20Dec

They say that having children re-kindles the magic and innocence of Christmas.  And this year, Ella’s 4th Christmas, I have had my first glimpses of that ‘magic’ in action. On Tuesday there was a special Christmas visitor to the opportunity … Continue reading

  

Sisters #3

12Dec

Ella often asks to *cuddle Lucy… *(replace cuddle with ‘hold in a headlock and generally manhandle’ which is actually a more accurate description).  Lucy has always tolerated this interaction with her big sister really well – she really seems to … Continue reading

  

Sisters #3

12Dec

Ella often asks to *cuddle Lucy… *(replace cuddle with ‘hold in a headlock and generally manhandle’ which is actually a more accurate description).  Lucy has always tolerated this interaction with her big sister really well – she really seems to … Continue reading

  

Now I am 3!

9Dec

So, now she’s 3… How did that happen?!  She has achieved so much this last year and shows no signs of stopping.  She’s gone from taking one or two solo steps just after her 2nd birthday to now running round … Continue reading

  

Free Fallin'

5Dec

Those of you that have followed the blog from the start will know how much Rosie loves the Tom Petty tune ‘Freefallin’ (see The Tom Petty Effect). It has become a firm favourite of hers since we discovered at about 11 … Continue reading

  

Everyday is a Rainbow Day…

30Nov

Ella has always had a keen desire to learn. I feel massively responsible to nurture this wonderful trait and provide lots of opportunity for her to learn new things, introduce her to new experiences and (probably most importantly) allow her to … Continue reading

  

Everyday is a Rainbow Day…

30Nov

Ella has always had a keen desire to learn. I feel massively responsible to nurture this wonderful trait and provide lots of opportunity for her to learn new things, introduce her to new experiences and (probably most importantly) allow her to … Continue reading

  

Instant way to get more calcium in your dairy free child

27Nov

Getting dairy free child to drink more calcium

Yes, there is an instant way! MyItchyBoy was given this straw in a party bag at the weekend. This is the best thing he’s seen in ages it seems. Plus, it has magic powers. Amazing! Want your dairy-free child to … Continue reading

  

Happy Birthday Ella xx

26Nov

Very busy 3 year old… wouldn’t stay still for any photos!   Birthday post coming soon after the weekend’s celebrations with family xx Now you are three xx +209   

  

Happy Birthday Ella xx

26Nov

Very busy 3 year old… wouldn’t stay still for any photos!   Birthday post coming soon after the weekend’s celebrations with family xx Now you are three xx +207   

  

Silent Sunday

24Nov

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Ready…teddy…chaos!

21Nov

I’m happy to report that during my short break from writing on here Rosie has remained on top form. She’s had us in fits of laughter, surprised us with some new achievements and pulled on the old heart strings with … Continue reading

  

Ready…teddy…chaos!

21Nov

I’m happy to report that during my short break from writing on here Rosie has remained on top form. She’s had us in fits of laughter, surprised us with some new achievements and pulled on the old heart strings with … Continue reading

  

Choosing a school for an allergic child

15Nov

Starting school with nut allergy

This post is inspired by a post by Nutmums.com. This time last year we were busy trying to sorting out a school place for MyItchyBoy before the January deadline.  I know there are allergy parents out there right now worrying … Continue reading

  

Bedtime adventures of Ella & Cat…

12Nov

Ella’s always been so good at going to bed, getting herself to sleep and on the whole sleeping through til morning.  Her bedtime routine has remained pretty much the same since she was around 6 months old; bath, drink, brush teeth, … Continue reading

  

How quick is your morning routine?

11Nov

School t-shirt

Do you know how quickly 4 year olds can get dressed? Did you know they can get dressed by themselves? This wa s all a bit of a revelation for me last week.  We stayed with friends who have a … Continue reading

  

Sister Act…

5Nov

Ella’s become really wary of the camera (once again) and isn’t up for having her photo taken at the moment.  I’ve tried a few times to get a picture of Ella and Lucy together, that’s half decent and finally managed … Continue reading

  

A little R&R

1Nov

I’ve always promised myself not to write blog posts for the sake of it as I feel it will affect the integrity of what I do, however I am mindful that I haven’t written for a while and wanted to … Continue reading

  

Thief!

29Oct

We are lucky in that getting Ella to eat fruit and vegetables has never been an issue.  She’s a little fruit bat who will choose blueberries or carrot sticks over cake or biscuits any day. Her favourite fruit is bananas … Continue reading

  

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