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Ministers are asking for voluntary organisations, charities and local communities to contribute to a consultation on developing a long-term strategy to end child poverty.

Giving babies a bath every day increases their risk of eczema, say health experts.

Children exposed to second-hand smoke are twice as likely to develop meningococcal disease, which can cause meningitis and septicaemia, a new study suggests.

Children are to be immunised against six diseases in one go after their first birthday, under new Government plans.

Nurseries could encourage healthy eating in babies and toddlers with a scheme launched by food company Ella's Kitchen.

Nurseries need to re-think babies' mealtimes and allow them to feed themselves or risk losing business, according to baby-led weaning advocate Gill Rapley.

The age at which children receive the MMR vaccine in Northern Ireland has fallen from 15 months to 13 months, bringing them in line with the rest of the UK.

A top health expert has proposed that all children should be required to have the MMR vaccine before they start nursery and school.

The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme pilots will be extended to 12,000 families by 2015, health secretary Andrew Lansley said last week.

The public health minister has confirmed the country is to get 4,200 extra health visitors.

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