Health And Hap­pi­ness

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Ifeel like I catch every bug or virus go­ing round – is there any­thing I can do to strengthen my im­mune sys­tem? Joan, Bris­tol

Dur­ing the sum­mer, I suf­fer from such bad swollen an­kles and puffy feet. What can I do? Claire, Birm­ing­ham

I’ve re­cently been di­ag­nosed with IBS and stress­ing about it has made the symp­toms worse! Will it ever get eas­ier? Me­lanie, Poole For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.phar­ma­ Dis­tress­ing news sto­ries can be wor­ry­ing for peo­ple of all ages but for chil­dren es­pe­cially, it can lead to real fears and anx­i­ety. Kris­ten Hard­ing from the childcare agency Tinies (www. says that although it’s im­pos­si­ble to hide every­thing from chil­dren com­pletely, you can take steps to help your fam­ily re­act bet­ter to dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions.

YOUR RE­AC­TION If you are watch­ing the news with your child, they will have a close eye on you and will base their re­ac­tions on how you re­act. It is there­fore a good idea to be care­ful with how you act. Keep a level head and stay calm when you hear an up­set­ting news story. OPEN UP Don’t be afraid to com­mu­ni­cate about what is hap­pen­ing in the news. By not com­mu­ni­cat­ing, chil­dren can of­ten al­low their imag­i­na­tions to run away with them and will build their wor­ries into much big­ger is­sues.

BIG­GER PIC­TURE It can be dif­fi­cult for chil­dren to con­tex­tu­alise the news which means they can some­times over­re­act to what they see. By ex­plain­ing the back­ground to the story, chil­dren can get a bet­ter sense of se­cu­rity. You can dis­cuss ways to help those af­fected. This is a good way to turn the conversation to­wards peo­ple’s abil­ity to pull to­gether in the face of tragedy.

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