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Prof Roy Philip, neonatologist at University Maternity Hospital Limerick, cites a dramatic drop in very low-weight babies being born at the hospital.  Photograph: Alan Place

Mandy Daly still wonders if she hadn’t got on to a plane, would she have not gone into premature labour and her daughter not had to cope with the comp(...)

David McCormack and Sam Dunne with their son Rian. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

If you had asked Sam Dunne two years ago if she and her former partner, David McCormack, were sharing the parenting of their son Rian, she would have (...)

 Yakub Bencheikh was diagnosed last year as being on the autism spectrum. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Sixth-class pupil Yakub Bencheikh was the “happiest ever” when the Covid-19 lockdown started in March, says his mother Dorota, because school is a maj(...)

Gardaí  are encouraging parents to talk to children about the types of platforms and sites they are accessing. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

When countries across the world went into lockdown to protect themselves against a virus that knew no borders, new opportunities multiplied for a crim(...)

Denis and Maria O’Brien with their sons Ben (left, 18 months) and Harry (4) as they get their first visit from their Jack and  Jill nurse specialist Mary Joe Guilfoyle (left) at their home in Sallins, Co Kildare. Photograph : Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Maria O’Brien has had to be so much more than a mother, all day, every day, to her eldest son, four-year-old Harry, since lockdown came early to their(...)

Brendan Sweeney and daughter Theresa (4) outside her daycare centre in Copenhagen. ‘Before you even go into the building, they have set up portable wash-hand basins with running water and soap and paper towels,’ says Brendan, who is originally from Co Cavan.

When Brendan Sweeney returned with his four-year-daughter Theresa to her daycare centre in Copenhagen in mid-April, after just one month of closure du(...)

  Cancer patient Padraig Beasley aged 9 (centre)  from Listowel with his parents Maevea and Séamus and his sister Julia (10) and Jack Jack (18 months). Photograph: Dominic Walsh/Eye Focus Ltd

The risk of infection coming into the home of nine-year-old cancer patient Pádraig Beasley has been a worry for his family ever since he was diagnosed(...)

Ireland had the highest birth rate in the EU in 2018, with 12.5 births per 1,000 residents while Italy recorded the lowest, at 7.3 per 1,000

Binge watching box sets, doing jigsaws and sharing almost every human activity possible through video apps are some of the most talked about ways of c(...)

Younger children need the reassurance of a calm environment in times of stress. Photograph: iStock

Rising anxiety levels and decreasing resilience among children has been a hot topic among professionals in recent years, with over-scheduled lives and(...)

Sr Helen Culhane, founder and director of the Children’s Grief Centre in Limerick. “When children are bereaved, they feel their whole lives are out of control.” Photograph:  Arthur Ellis.

Children used to be excluded from funerals in the misguided belief that their absence would spare them some of the pain of bereavement. Families didn’(...)

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