National child measurement programme (NCMP): trends in child BMI

BMI index report

This report uses NCMP data to examine the changes in children’s body mass index (BMI) between 2006 to 2007 and 2015 to 2016.

Link to the report here

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NHS England: Developing support and services for children and young people with a learning disability, autism or both

Support services for special needs

This document provides guidance for Transforming Care Partnerships (and their local partners Clinical Commissioning Groups / Local Authorities) in commissioning support and services for children and young people with learning disability, autism or both.

Link to document here

Test children’s urine before prescribing antibiotics for UTIs, says NICE

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NICE has updated its guidance for diagnosing and managing UTIs in children.

The new recommendations give clear advice to GPs and healthcare professionals about how they can accurately test children’s urine for an infection.

This will help to give them a better indication of whether the child needs antibiotics or not. Therefore assisting in the fight against antibiotic resistance, which can be caused by the misuse of medicine.

A dipstick test offers a quick and painless way to check a child’s urine for signs that their body is fighting an infection.

NICE says children between the age of three months and three years should not be given antibiotics if their dipstick test is negative.

Children over the age of three years may need to be given antibiotics if their urine dipstick analysis shows mixed results and they have other obvious symptoms of a UTI (for example painful urination).

Children under three months of age who are suspected of having a UTI should not have a dipstick test. They should be referred to paediatric specialist care and their urine sent for urgent laboratory analysis.

EPI report: ACCESS AND WAITING TIMES IN CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Mental health services

new report by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) examines new data on access to specialist treatment for children and young people with mental health problems, and the waiting times they face. This new data was obtained by EPI through a Freedom of Information request.

Full report here

NICE Quality Standard: End of life care for infants, children and young people

This quality standard covers end of life care for infants, children and young people (from birth to 18 years) who have a life-limiting condition. Life-limiting conditions are those that are expected to result in an early death for the person. It also covers support for family members and carers. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Link to guidance here