Alf Nicholson

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Social distancing is bewildering, unnatural and distressing for young children, and communicates the idea that other people are a threat and to be feared.

Life or death has been the chief focus of State and society as we froze for more than two months, watching and counting in sorrow Covid-19’s ravaging (...)

Prof Alf Nicholson, paediatrician at Temple Street Children’s Hospital:  ‘What is new and most important is the longer-term impact of slapping, with increased rates of suicide, moderate to heavy drinking and substance abuse in adulthood.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Parents who slap their children risk them suffering long-term negative effects in later life, a leading paediatrician has warned. Slapping is not an (...)

More than 19,000  children in Ireland were waiting longer than 12 months to see a specialist. Photograph: iStock

There are nearly 50,000 children waiting to see a paediatrician for an outpatient appointment, hospital consultants have said. The Irish Hospital Con(...)

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 (...)

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