25 September 2015
Baby and Toddler news, products, people and places for autumn '15
Belfast parents to be offered ‘real nappy’ scheme trial
Belfast City Council have agreed to pilot a Real Nappy Voucher Scheme offering parents a free, two-week real nappy trial pack. Following the trial, parents who decide to convert to real nappies, and spend £50 or more on them, will be offered a £30 refund. According to research, parents who use real nappies versus disposable can save up to £550 a year. Around 60 councils across the UK currently offer a similar scheme, which is also estimated to save ratepayers approximately 70 per cent less than sending two-years-worth of disposable nappies to landfill. The scheme will be limited to one application per household and details on how to apply will be announced via the council’s website in autumn.
The Men B Vaccine
A new vaccine which helps prevent meningitis B is now being offered to babies as part of the routine childhood vaccination programme. The vaccine is available to babies born on or after 1 July 2015 and doses are given at two months old, four months old and a booster when the child is one year old. The Men B vaccine will help protect your baby against infection by meningococcal group B bacteria, which can cause meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning).
Dr Richard Smithson, Consultant in Health Protection at the Public Health Agency (PHA), commented: “Meningococcal group B bacteria are a serious cause of life-threatening infections, including meningitis and blood poisoning, and are the leading infectious killer of babies and young children in the UK. The Men B vaccine will help guard your baby against meningococcal B bacteria, so it is important that you help protect your child with this immunisation.”
Children born between 1 May and 30 June 2015 will also be offered the Men B vaccination when they attend for their routine immunisation appointments at their GP rather than having to make any additional appointments. More details on immunisation of babies up to one year old, including information on the Men B vaccine programme and advice on giving liquid paracetamol, can be found at bit.ly/offtoagoodstart
Study reveals that most first-time parents experience a decline in happiness after initial excitement
New research carried out in Germany has revealed that, after the initial excitement, most first-time parents will experience a decline in life satisfaction, which could make them less likely to have a second child. Stresses like lack of sleep, having less time to work on a relationship with a partner and financial worries can all place a great strain on new parents. Professor Mikko Myrskylä of the Max Planck Institute said, “There is more or less a taboo regarding the well-being of new parents, compared to many other events in life it is thought of as something that should only be experienced positively.” The average number of children in a UK household has fallen from two in 1971 to 1.7 in 2013 but for parents who plunged ahead, having multiple children, the news was positive. “On the whole, and in the long run, having up to two children rather increases overall happiness in life,” Myrskylä added. The advice for new parents is that it’s normal to experience feelings of anxiety and it’s important to know that help is available and not to be afraid to ask for it.
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