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The comforter – the special item that makes a child feel secure – is universal. Now it is also the focus of the #IBelongToo campaign Child cance(...)

Ingrid McLoughlin (Centre L) with her twin Erica  and their twin sisters Robin and Rhiannon. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Ingrid McLoughlin was five when she first had to go to hospital with a respiratory condition, an incident that saw her subsequently diagnosed with pne(...)

Are you born with asthma and how can it be diagnosed? Photograph: iStock

Ireland has the fourth-highest rate of asthma in the world, with an estimated one in 10 children affected. If the condition is well-managed, the vast (...)

Aoife and Kieran Shiels with their son Conall (7) who is registered with Laura Lynn hospice, along with his siblings Cara (13) and Senan (11) in Ballymacool, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. Photograph: Joe Dunne

No matter how familiar you are with the story behind the foundation of LauraLynn children’s hospice, the cruel, coincidental twists of fate that one D(...)

 Aisling McConnell (47), centre who is in palliative care for breast cancer, with her husband, Peter, and daughter, Emma Louise, (15),  at  home in Swords. Photograph: Damien Eagers

At the first mention of palliative care, Aisling Keavey thought “that’s me gone”. So much for the 2½ years she had been told she might have after bei(...)

Shy children are the ‘leg grabbers’ – ‘they have the social skills, they are well able to play and engage with others but they need that little bit longer lead-in time than other kids do’. Photograph: iStock

Writer Susan Cain found it mystifying as a child why certain adults were so intent on organising children into big group activities – “let’s all get t(...)

Children and adolescents with mental health issues are presenting to hospitals that are not “approved centres” for inpatient mental health care. Photograph: Getty

Increasing numbers of children with mental health problems and eating disorders are ending up in emergency departments. Most are in the wrong place(...)

Crona Byrne with her husband, Phil Carney, and their children, Kate and Harry, in Co Donegal. Photograph: Joe Dunne

When you find a home away from home it’s not just a place: ‘It is a feeling. A feeling of peace and family.’ Gay Byrne’s daughter Crona, the televi(...)

Hollie McCabe at Darndale Park: : “I love helping little kids learn how to fish because I got taught when I was younger by the [Inland] Fisheries. That’s why I volunteer to help.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

This summer, The Irish Times will offer tips, advice and information for parents on how to help their children thrive during the holiday mon(...)

Coeliac (or celiac in the US) disease is an autoimmune condition that causes an adverse reaction in the gut, damaging the small intestine. Photograph: iStock

What is coeliac disease? It is an autoimmune disease that causes an adverse reaction in the gut when an affected child eats gluten, damaging the smal(...)

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