‘Why are so many children being diagnosed with autism now compared with 20 years ago? Are we missing something?’ Photograph: iStock

Why are so many more children being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) than 20 years ago? Galway-based consultant speech and language the(...)

Michelle McKeever and her son Ronan. “Why I went to Family Hope was because it made so much sense,” she says. Photograph: Rashida Keenan

Four years ago Michelle McKeever and her husband Paul felt like prisoners in their own home as they tried to cope with their then three-year-old son w(...)

Dr Michael Keane preparing to test Sarah Monaghan in the DCU Healthy Living Centre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Zara Lynch was “always very headstrong”. Her mother, Michelle, says she was the child who would blurt out answers in class without being asked, would(...)

“When children move into adolescence, their body clock changes. They naturally become more of a night owl, and so they find it harder to fall asleep and get up in the morning.” Photograph: Thinkstock

School started at 9am, and I was late almost every day. As a teenager I was in constant conflict with my parents over my refusal to go to sleep on ti(...)

Children under two years who spend a lot of time in front of electronic screens have a ‘significantly higher chance’ of suffering from language delays and poor sleeping habits.  Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Children are becoming increasingly angry, tired, passive and cranky after using electronic devices such as computers and smart phones, accor(...)

A married couple from Brooklyn advocating for marriage equality outside the US supreme court. Photograph: Johnny Bivera/AFP/Getty Images

The latest salvo in the debate over marriage equality in the US is nothing if not inventive. A brief filed by a group of 100 lawyers and university(...)

The Seven Dwarfs walk along Main Street during a parade at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. File Photograph: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

A US paediatrician’s group has urged parents, schools and communities to vaccinate children against measles after an outbreak that began at Disneyland(...)

Breastfeeding can be a big challenge for mothers going back to work. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q I am wondering when and how I should start to wean my five-month-old son. I have been breastfeeding him from birth and this has all gone well but I (...)