Author: Louise Wheeler

Treating a chest infection in babies

Most chest infections are caused by a virus, which is spread from one person to another by coughing or sneezing. Your baby may have had a cold for a while that develops into a cough. Lisa Clegg, author of The Blissful Baby Expert, shares her advice for treating a chest infection in babies. Chest infections attack the airways in the lungs so they become inflamed and filled with mucus. An infection can clog up a baby’s air passages more easily than older children or adults because they are much smaller. It can then be more difficult for her to...

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Top tips for juggling two (or more!) children

By Karen Dennis In my experience, trying to juggle several children at once is easy – if managed correctly. Just like in the working world, it’s a case of learning how to share yourself with multiple people. Here are my top tips for juggling two or more children: Helping younger children to feel included When my boys were little, I made it my aim to make sure everyone was included and nobody felt left out. My youngest son, Adam, always wanted to be treated as a ‘big boy’ due to the fact that he had 3 older brothers. One...

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Giant ICE Slide is coming to Colchester

A giant ice slide is coming to Colchester this December – and it looks amazing! The Colchester DX Ice Slider will be set up in Castle Park from Saturday 2nd December until Wednesday 3rd January 2018. Colchester Ice Slide The ice slide will be 35m long with five separate lanes; four lanes for plastic sledding and one for slightly more adventurous riders who want to slide in a big tube. Each session lasts for 25 minutes with a 5 minute change over. The ride is suitable for most ages, but children must be at least 60cm / 2’7ft high....

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Essex Ice Skating Rinks: Where to go skating this Christmas

Nothing says winter better than gliding round the ice while wrapped up in gloves and a scarf. Here’s where you’ll be able to go ice skating in Essex over the Christmas period. Essex Ice Skating 2017 Wintasia in Saffron Walden The Common, Ashdon Rd, Saffron Walden CB10 1JH Open from Saturday 2 December until Friday 22 December 2017, 12pm- 8pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; and 12pm- 6pm Thursday to Sunday Alongside the rink there will also be a large tent selling refreshments, such as hot chocolate, German Bratwurst, and toasted marshmallows. An Alpine-themed licensed bar will open at night....

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Self-employed mums call for equal maternity pay

Self-employed mums are fighting for the right to equal maternity pay after it was revealed that over half have ended up with mental health issues. Calls have been made for the Government to address inequality in maternity pay. Campaigners are asking for self-employed mums to receive the same financial support as employed mums (90% of the first 6 weeks salary). Maternity pay inequality A recent GP-led study of 104 women revealed that over half of self-employed mums (59%) have experienced mental health issues caused by being forced to work immediately after giving birth. The study was funded by a...

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