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# children's health

This month
January 2023
# Healthcare
HSE rolls out walk-in flu vaccines for children after 700 hospitalisations over winter
The walk-in clinics will be available at no charge for children from age two to 17 until 23 January.
Last year
2022
# Delayed
Children's Health Ireland cites 'pressure on beds' as it postpones three scoliosis surgeries
Some children have been waiting years for the surgery.
All time
# Waiting Lists
Consultants say orthopaedic care conditions for children are 'inadequate and chaotic'
Consultant paediatric orthopaedic surgeon Connor Green made a passionate plea to overhaul the system.
# children's health
Plan to tackle healthcare waiting lists to be announced shortly, says Taoiseach
There are more than 100,000 children on waiting lists for treatment, assessment and diagnostic tests.
# children's health
More parents need to bring their children for flu vaccine, doctors say
The flu vaccine has been made available for free to children between the ages of 2 and 12.
# Emergency Departments
'Failing Ireland's children': Hospitals postpone surgeries due to virus, flu and vomiting bug outbreaks
Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin hit out against the Taoiseach today stating that waiting lists for children are “quite shocking”.
# children's health
Simon Harris considering banning ads for vaping products near schools and playgrounds
Measures to restrict alcohol advertisements around children came into effect this week.
# AFP
Two cases of Irish children with polio-like disease reported this year
The HPSC has issued a warning to doctors over a global increase in incidents of the disease.
# children's health
Three year campaign results in 33,000 children with disabilities getting full medical cards
Children who receive the Domiciliary Care Allowance are now eligible for a full medical card.
# Stop the treats
Children at risk of obesity as parents bribe them with sweets and biscuits
Over consumption of these treats “is a serious threat to our children’s future health” – Safefood representative
# Sydney
Australian woman banned from breastfeeding - because she has tattoos
She is locked in a custody dispute with the baby’s father.
# HSE
Fears that families of children with serious illness could face 'rigorous' medical card means test
Our Children’s Health has welcomed yesterday’s announcements on medical card reform, but still has some outstanding concerns.
# children's health
Children with Spina Bifida are massively under-served in Ireland: study
Children with spina bifida need complex treatment – more than half aren’t getting it.
# NO MORE
Burgers and chips have now been banned from the Community Games
Sorry about that…
# children's health
Some discretionary medical cards to be reinstated 'within weeks'
Minister James Reilly also apologised for distress caused by the issue, the Our Children’s Health group said.
Voices
Column: I lost my daughter to meningitis – why is a vaccine for MenB still not provided?
We have a vaccine for a common strain of meningitis, yet it’s not on from the immunisation schedule. What is the delay? asks Siobhán Carroll.
# smoke free cars
British parliament votes in favour of smoking ban in cars with children
Smoking in cars raises levels of dangerous fine-particle pollutants.
# children's health
Half of children who smoke had their first cigarette aged 13 or younger
However, a new report out today shows that smoking rates among school-aged children are down overall — dropping from 21 per cent in 1998 to 12 per cent in 2010.
# Children's Hospital
New hospital in 2017 will be 'too late' for today's sick children
Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin has started a fundraising campaign to finish vital work next year.
# Children's Hospital
50-acre site for children's hospital submitted to review group
A proposal to establish the National Paediatric Hospital on a 50-acre site at Lissenhall, Swords, claims the facility could be built in less time – and for less money – than at the Mater.