Fun in the sun: five timeless family games

Is that sun we see? Make the most of the good weather by getting together the whole family for some fun game in the sun – try these five games from your own childhood. Red Light, Green Light This is a pretty simple game and can be played with as many or as few people…

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Keeping your child safe in the sun

The sun is shining and finally it feels like a little taste of summer has arrived in Ireland. Most people believe that, because we live in a country plagued by summers of cloudy days and lukewarm temperatures, sunscreen is not a household essential. When abroad parents are very careful to protect their child’s skin from…

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What you need to know about raising boys

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We do love our boys but they can be hard work sometimes! Do you relate to any of these items in our ABC of raising boys? It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it! A – Aim for the toilet bowl, they make them wide enough! B – Balls are for outside, the…

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Why EVERY woman should be taking folic acid

Ireland has a particularly high incidence of Spina Bifida and other Neural Tube Defects (NTDs), yet a simple folic acid supplement can help reduce the risks significantly – so why aren’t Irish women taking the advice? Speaking on behalf of safeFood, Prof Michael Turner, UCD Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Coombe Women and…

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Hand, Foot and Mouth: Everything you need to know

It’s still that time of year, when summer is on its way, but there are still a few frosty mornings and pesky illnesses to overcome before we can really start getting out the t-shirts. One of these illnesses is Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease, which appears to be doing the rounds in creches and schools right…

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Whooping Cough: why this vaccine is essential in pregnancy

Nobody like to fill their body with medicine when pregnant, but when it comes to the whooping cough vaccine, it’s pretty much an essential. The reason is that a mother’s immunity to whooping cough (pertussis) diminishes as the nine months progresses. Babies under the age of six months are too young to be vaccinated against…

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