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CHECK UP
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Thursday 15:00-15:30
Check Up is your chance to talk to doctors about the health issues that most concern you and your family. Each week Barbara Myers is joined by a medical expert to take your calls and emails on a particular topic and give you the most up to date advice. No appointment necessary.
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Thursday 7 September 2006
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Back to School: Children's Health Problems

In the last in the current series of Check Up, Barbara Myers will be taking your calls about children's health problems.

Her guest in the studio is Dr Ann Robinson, a GP from North London.

Infections in the classroom

No matter how hard you try, it seems impossible to prevent children picking up nasty infections from their school friends.

Chicken pox, conjunctivitis, impetigo and head lice can all spread through a class like wildfire.

The most difficult question for parents is when to keep their child at home and how to know when they are too ill to go to school if there are no obvious symptoms

Bedwetting

Most children are dry at night by the time they are three, but some continue to wet the bed when they're older, sometimes up to the age of sixteen.

Bedwetting can be extremely stressful for both child and parent. 

Sometimes a urinary tract infection can be to blame, but social or psychological stress can also be a cause.

However, help is available, with treatment including hormone tablets and alarms which wake the child up if they start to wet the bed.

Acting to prevent obesity

Child obesity and the quality of school meals are hot topics at the moment.

The Department of Health fears that if action isn't taken, 12 million adults and one million children will be obese by 2010.

Dr Robinson can give advice on how to know if your child is becoming obese and what steps to take to prevent this, as well as how to judge whether a packed lunch is a healthier option than school dinners.

The stress of starting school
 
It's difficult for the whole family when a child first starts school, and some children cope with the stresses better than others.

Most suffer from separation anxiety - when the child cries and clings to their parent when they're brought to school - and this can often last throughout the first term at primary school. 

However, for some children, anxiety can develop into a phobia, where the child tries avoidance tactics such as claiming to be sick and throws tantrums when it's time to go to school.

Schools often have good support mechanisms to deal with the child's fears, and there are charities available to give advice to worried parents.

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Check Up is your opportunity to ask an expert about the condition. If you have a question, contact us by calling 0870 010 0444 from 1.30pm - 3.30pm on the day of broadcast or by emailing the programme - see 'Contact Check Up' link above.
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