Third of children leave primary school overweight

One third of children are leaving primary school overweight or obese, according to a recent Health Committee report on childhood obesity.

As a result the committee is expected to call for an advertising ban on unhealthy foods during family TV shows as well as a 20 percent sugar tax.

The House of Commons will also debate Jamie Oliver's campaign to tax sugary drinks after his online petition received more than 150,000 signatures.

The report also shows that the most deprived children are twice as likely to be obese than the least deprived.

The report highlights nine key areas for improvement, including a sugary drinks tax, strong controls on price promotions and marketing of unhealthy food and drink.

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Dr Hilary's winter health tips

All this week Dr Hilary Jones will be giving us all the tips we need to stay safe and healthy this winter.

Slips and falls are one of the main reasons we may end up in A&E over the winter. Wet and icy conditions are one factor but we also get more wobbly with age. On average we loose 30 percent of our balance by the time we're 60.

From November to February cases of carbon monoxide poisoning across the country rise. One in ten adults have been affected in some form. The gas is a silent killer that you can't see smell or taste and yet it's a winter health hazard that's totally preventable.

Are babies born at weekend at more risk?

New research suggests that babies born in NHS hospitals at the weekend are more likely to be stillborn or die in the first week of life than those delivered on weekdays.

Experts estimated if hospital performance was consistent during the week and at weekends, there would be 770 fewer newborn deaths every year.

We ask Dr Hilary whether the stats reflect the whole story.

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500 stillbirths a year could be prevented

A new report has found that major failings in the care of pregnant women and their babies is resulting in avoidable stillbirths.

The team, led by experts from the University of Leicester, carefully reviewed 133 such cases from 2013.

Almost half of women studied who suffered a stillbirth sought help from midwives and doctors because their baby's movements had slowed down but some were turned away.

The charity Sands said the findings show that around 500 babies in 2013 had a major issue in the care leading up to the stillbirth where better care may have prevented the death.

The experts called for urgent action to tackle the issues highlighted by this report.

Dr Hilary's Winter Warriors

Winter Warrior Toolkit

We all know that winter is a time when we are more likely to become ill, but we've got a toolkit that will help Winter Warriors battle the elements:

  1. Garlic - Peel and chop your garlic 20 minutes before cooking to release immune boosting enzymes

  2. Layers - Think about an onion in the winter. Wear layers so you can wrap up or cool down.

  3. Milk - You're 80% more likely to get a cold in winter, so making sure your immune system is in tip-top condition is important. Milk and dairy products such as cheese, yoghurt and fromage frais are great sources of protein and vitamins A and B12. They're also an important source of calcium, which helps keep our bones strong. Try to go for semi-skimmed or skimmed milk rather than full-fat, and low-fat yoghurts.

  4. Porridge - The perfect start to a winter morning is porridge. A bowl contains lots of vitamins and minerals, and will boost your intake of starchy food, a fibre to keep you fuller for longer.

  5. Vitamin D - British sunlight in winter is short of UVB rays, which can lead to a vitamin D deficiency - the number of children with a vitamin D deficiency has tripled in four years. If you're worried, take a supplement - eight micrograms for children and no more than 25 micrograms for adult (after 25 micrograms, it can be harmful, around ten is advised by NHS)

This morning Dr Hilary met Barry and Oscar, who were whisking up some very healthy GMB smoothies with the help of some special bikes!

Dr Hilary's Street Surgery: Coughs, colds and flu

This week Dr Hilary has packed up his medical supplies and hit the road to bring his STREET SURGERY to you! Today his vintage ambulance arrives in Mumbles, Swansea, where he's talking coughs and colds.

At this time of year, everyone needs to be extra vigilant because germs can spread fast.

Did you know that an average sneeze releases 40,000 droplets of saliva and germs, travels up to 100mph, and can reach up to 30 feet?

Some cases of flu can be very life threatening and a flu jab can prevent you catching it!

Last year just in England there were over 10.7 million people who had the free flu jab on the NHS. Older people, mums-to-be and those with pre-existing medical conditions are all eligible for a free flu jab but there are those who - despite being eligible for it - choose not to have the jab. In fact there were 15.4 million people in the UK who were eligible for the free flu vaccine last year and just over half of them had it.

Dr Hilary on tackling five common children's ailments

This week Dr Hilary takes his Street Surgery on the road, looking at different health topics each morning in a street near you, and today he's focusing on children's health.

Doctors call kids ‘Super Spreaders’ because as they’re still building up their immunity they tend to pick up all sorts of bugs and infections. And places like nurseries and schools are a hot bed for picking up and dropping off illnesses!

Here are five of the most common ailments affecting children and what to do about them:

Impetigo is one of the most common skin infections to affect children and produces blisters and sores on the face, neck and hands. Ensuring that you wash your face and hands can help prevent it.

Eczema can flare up during the colder and wet months as children spend their time going from cold and damp air outside to warm dry heat inside. The skin can become very dry and then irritated. A good emollient cream or moisturiser can help.

Asthma that cold dry winter air can trigger or worsen asthma attacks.

Nits enjoy the winter months when kids share hats, gloves and scarves. If your child gets nits then use a silicon-based treatment to remove them as they are more effective and ensure you treat the entire family.

Growing pains can be a common problem as kids stretch and often happen around the leg and knee areas. It’s a good idea to get a GP to check these out just to be safe as if they don’t go then it could be the sign of something more serious.

If you’re a parent of a very small child then you might also feel that they are always ill and this is just nature’s way of building up their immunity. It’s a good idea to ensure that you have a well stocked family first aid kit complete with antihistamines, sugar free paracetamol syrup, re-hydration sachets, plasters, antiseptic cream and a good indigestion relief product.