Alf Nicholson

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Four out of every five child car-seats prove to be wrongly fitted, RSA spokesman Brian Farrell says. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Seán Egan will “forever be 17 years and 11 months”, as his mother Helen told a Sligo court recently during a case against the driver of the car involv(...)

Dr Matt Widdowson, at home with his children Aoife and Eoin, in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The overwhelming concern of most new parents after they get home from the maternity hospital is will they be able to keep their tiny infant alive. Fro(...)

Volunteer Jackie Tracey with patient Laura Fabris at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin

“You go into paediatrics because you want to care for children and then you spend all day hurting them” – injecting them and subjecting them to other (...)

Sandra Higgins has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to a baby at her home in March, 2012. Photograph: Collins

A 10-month-old baby girl had “classic” symptoms of abusive head trauma, the trial of her former child minder heard on Thursday. Sandra Higgins (36), (...)

Should all schools and rugby unions should be collecting data on injuries to children? Above: Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Rugby Junior Cup Final Replay, Donnybrook, Dublin. St Michael’s College vs Blackrock College. Michael’s Zach Harrison scores a try. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

No parent standing on the sidelines watching their children play sport wants to imagine having to witness a serious injury on the scale of footballer (...)

Mum Irene Rabbitte, left, with her daughter Marianne visiting Dr Julie Ellwood, an Osteopath, in the BabyBloom Mother and Child Clinic in Strandhill, Co Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

We all know babies cry but dreams of new parenthood don’t usually envisage a seemingly inconsolable, bawling, ball of infant fury. It’s hard not to t(...)

Prof Alf Nicholson and Gráinne O’Malley at Temple Street hospital: they have produced an updated  edition of their book ‘When your Child is Sick’  to help parents deal with childhood illness. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Children in Ireland today are one of the healthiest generations ever, yet large numbers of them are being brought to a GP or hospital more frequently (...)

Frustration: ‘The most common, serious form of abuse in babies is babies being shaken and when we look at the causes of that, crying is very often the trigger.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

We all know babies cry – that’s how they communicate. But until you become a parent, you may not realise how piercing and persistent a baby’s crying c(...)

Caoimhe O’Leary with her children, Adam (4) and Darren (18 months), at home in Tullow, Co Carlow. 
Photographs: Eric Luke

SHEILA WAYMANIF YOU don’t have children around, it is probably okay to admit you hate Halloween. For the rest of us, it seems churlish not to enter in(...)

Right, Mary Bracken (18) with artist Rachel Tynan with a book they collaborated on called Colours of Life. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Teenage dialysis patient Mary Bracken didn’t quite know what to make of artist Rachel Tynan when she arrived at her hospital bedside one day last year(...)