Month: October 2014

Is your baby a fussy eater?

Babies are not really born with a sense of like and dislike, they are born with a preference for sweet and they need to learn other flavours.  Little ones also need to develop the mouth control they need to enjoy different textures and consistencies – having only experienced liquid milk even a thick yogurt, let alone a soft cooked carrot, will feel wildly different! Can babies really be fussy? It can be easy to misunderstand a baby’s facial expression in response to a new taste or texture – a frown, gag or wince is very rarely anything to do...

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Mid-Essex IVF misery for families

A couple from Witham have been left devastated by the prospect of receiving only one attempt at IVF treatment. Euan and Erin Green, who have been trying to have a baby for four years, are half-way through what could be their ‘only shot’ at IVF following an announcement by the Mid-Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) last week stating that they will now only fund IVF for couples in ‘exceptional circumstances’. These exceptional circumstances could include patients with HIV or those undergoing treatment which is likely to affect their fertility, but cases will be reviewed individually. Families in neighbouring areas...

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Daniel Radcliffe Raps Blackalicious

We love this video of Daniel Radcliffe rapping on the Tonight Show. Daniel Radcliffe spent ten years playing Harry Potter but has made a valiant effort to move on from this, as his latest rap performance shows. httpv://youtu.be/aKdV5FvXLuI He was challenged to perform the rap Alphabet Aerobics by Blackalicious on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. “I’m a big rap fan, which surprises a lot of people about me, ” Daniel said. Is there any end to his talent?...

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Essex pupils held back by poor internet access

Pupils in rural Essex may be missing out on educational opportunities due to poor internet connections at school. A survey by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) has revealed that almost two-thirds of primary schools in the UK have reported poor Wi-Fi to be a major problem. The report looked at over 1,200 school ICT co-ordinations and found that rural Essex is one of the worst regions for internet access. Gary Brown, head teacher of Ashdon Primary school in Saffron Walden, said: “We do have some spots where the Wi-Fi does drop out because it is a Victorian building....

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Choosing disposable nappies

Choosing disposable nappies isn’t as straightforward as it may first seem. There are so many different brands available for parents to choose from now, it’s very difficult to know where to start. From the well-known big brands to supermarkets’ variously-priced own-brand nappies, first time parents, in particular, may find the choice overwhelming if they have no past experience to draw on. If disposable nappies are your preference then it may take trying a few brands to find what suits your baby’s bottom best, as some are more likely to cause nappy rash on your particular baby than others –...

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