Family health

Browse our useful tips and articles on family health covering topics such as accidents in the home, childhood vaccinations, pain relief options and dental health.

Everyday sun protection tips you need to know

Protect yourself against sun damage with these handy tips for all the family 

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What is High Blood Pressure?

Do you know what it means if your blood pressure is high? Do you know the symptoms and the causes? Here are some helpful tips on high blood pressure.

What is High Blood Pressure

Your guide to a healthier autumn

The crisp air and shorter days of autumn are the perfect time to get into some healthy habits. 

Guide to a healthy autumn

Family mealtimes

A few tricks can turn fussy eaters into kids who will devour almost anything, says recipe blogger Lucy Parissi.

Unbeatable eatables

Modern technology and our health

In our increasingly connected society, what sort of impact is digital technology having on people's health and wellbeing?

The impacts

Dental health

If you've ever wondered whether eating an apple a day genuinely keeps the doctor away, then check out these dental myths.

Separating fact from fiction

Blood pressure

When we have our blood pressure taken we are given one number “over” another, but what do these figures actually mean?

Blood pressure explained

Family health myths

We bring you the truth behind eight common health myths which can affect all the family - from childhood illnesses to general diet.

The myths

Beat the back to school blues

As we start sharpening our pencils for the new term, here are our tips for helping your kids stay healthy at school.

Tips for getting back to school

Pain relief options

When you need pain relief fast, a pharmacist can provide helpful advice on the best over-the-counter (OTC) remedy for you

Prescription pain killers

Childhood vaccines

All children in the UK are offered vaccinations against key diseases for free on the NHS. Do you know what your child needs and when?

Key vaccinations

Accidents in the home

Accidents at home are part of family life, we've listed the 10 most common accidents and how to deal with them.

10 most common accidents

Safer cycling

With around 3,000 cyclists seriously injured each year, it’s important to take precautions on the roads.

Stay safe on the road

The silent killer

Carbon monoxide is a silent but deadly killer, and yet more than 47 million of us still don’t an alarm in our homes.

Protect your family

Health advice on the high street

With no appointments, extended opening hours and instant advice pharmacists provide a one-stop shop for health advice

What's on offer?

Health online: safe surfing

With a wealth of information on the web it’s no wonder that a growing number of us are turning to the internet to self-diagnose.

Find reliable advice

Sex education

The Sex Education Forum recommends teaching children about sex from an early age, but are we starting too young?

Too young?

We saved our son's life

When Charlie and Justin Blackett met on a St John Ambulance course, they learnt the skills that would bring their baby back to life.

Read the Blackett's story

Family health: the monkey method

When her young daughter faced surgery, Helen Sadler created a storybook character to help her cope. 

The monkey method

Your guide to vaccinations

With so many different inoculations available these days, which do you and your family really need? Wendy Golledge reports.

Which to choose?

Avoiding bugs

Did you know a sneeze can travel 30m or that germs from your toilet can reach your toothbrush when you flush? 

How to avoid bugs

Secrets to a long life

The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday in April and shows little sign of slowing down. What can we do to remain as sprightly as the Queen?

Secrets to a long life

How we can help…

Unsure how to access Benenden’s diagnosis and treatment services once you’ve passed the 6 month qualifying period?

How we can help…

How to avoid insect bites

Insect bites and stings can be painful and occasionally dangerous. So how can you reduce your risk of being bitten?

How to avoid insect bites

Healthier Living Apps

Losing weight, moving more or drinking less – whatever your fitness or health goal, we’ve found an app for it.

Healthier Living Apps

Know your limits

Coming up to the festive season many of us will get into the Christmas spirit, but can we still enjoy a tipple without putting our health at risk?

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Good cheer

Simple tips on how to plan, keep calm and focus on what’s important this Christmas.

Enjoy Christmas

Get moving after Christmas dinner

You’ve eaten your fill of sprouts, turkey and stuffing – what next? How about a bit of healthy post-dinner fun?

Post-dinner activities

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