Irish babies need more sunshine Vitamin D

Irish babies and toddlers are not getting enough Vitamin D. Also known as the sunshine vitamin it is necessary for good bone development. The climate in Ireland can lead to lack of Vitamin D which puts children at risk of poor bone development and can in extreme cases lead to rickets.

Dark skinned babies area at greatest risk, but we advise all parents to give daily Vitamin D drops to babies and infants. These are available without prescription at your local Pharmacy. Further information from the HSE is available at HSE.ie

Dr Stephen Hawkins

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Adolescent Cervical Cancer vaccine available

We are happy to be now able to offer the cervical cancer vaccine in Bray Medical Centre. It has been introduced for free in schools for all girls who started 1st and 2nd year in September 2010. We are making it available to the group of girls who will miss out on grounds of age. We are competitively priced and are happy to answer your questions on the cervical cancer vaccine.

Information on cervical cancer and the vaccine is available at HSE.ie

Dr Stephen Hawkins

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Baby Walkers dangerous and delay development

Baby Walkers are a popular way to keep the more energetic babies busy, allowing parents a much needed break, However safety experts and paediatricians have long been in agreement that they are not a good idea. They not only cause a significant injury risk from falls, spills and tumbles, but they actually delay the progression to walking.

We recommend instead the use of stationary bouncers and play rings to keep baby entertained. Further information is available from mayoclinic.com

Dr S Hawkins

 

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