Baby Talk

The first smile, the first tooth, the first step – these are just a few of the wonderful moments parents look forward to. Your child’s first spoken word is another special time. Babies learn to understand what you are saying long before they speak. Ahead of using “proper” words, babies are already busy using their…

Jet Lag and You

If you are planning to fly abroad for your holiday, have you thought about how you are going to deal with jet lag? Perhaps you have a routine that helps you, or maybe you just resign yourself to a few days of feeling shattered. Jet lag is temporary. Just about everyone gets it. It is…

Growing Up: Puberty in Boys

How old is your son? If he is still young, do you worry about the growth changes that are still to come? Puberty is about the physical changes your son will go through. Together with the emotional side of adolescence, these changes signal childhood’s end and the beginning of adulthood. For parents, being able to…

A Severely Ill Child In The Family

Your child has been diagnosed with a serious illness – this is a scenario every parent dreads. It could be a disease that slowly gets worse over time. It could be a condition that is curable or incurable. Or it could be an illness that varies, leaving your child desperately unwell one week and seemingly…

Before Fatherhood: Men and Preconception Care

For couples embarking on parenthood, a positive pregnancy test is usually the first indication that they’re heading into “parents-to-be” territory. This moment, for many, is the start of their pregnancy journey. But often, little thought has been given to the time before pregnancy occurs, before egg meets sperm. Before conception If you are a woman…

Schoolbags and Your Child’s Back

Choosing a new school bag isn’t just about buying what looks good. Many parents have concerns about back problems in children, and wonder whether weighty school bags are to blame. Back pain Back pain in children is common. Most cases settle and are not due to serious medical conditions. Many factors can be involved in…

Teenage Sex And Relationships

Here are some real-life situations for you to think about*: A teenage girl bursts into tears when her pregnancy test is positive, saying she “only did it once.” You overhear a conversation where one teenage boy explains to another that you “can’t get a girl pregnant if you do it standing up.” A sexually active…

Flying When Pregnant

It is a common enough question: “Is it safe to fly when pregnant?” But choosing a one-word answer (yes or no) isn’t straightforward. When I answer this question, I usually reply, “Yes, but….” Postponing travel until a suitable time after giving birth may be the best option in many cases, but not necessarily the most…

The Swiss Health Care System

Sometimes, when I mention the Swiss health care system to friends back in the U.K., I get a comment about euthanasia or assisted suicides. These sorts of remarks are unfortunate, but perhaps not entirely surprising. Stories continue to pop up in the media about people travelling to Switzerland for the sole purpose of ‘suicide tourism’,…