HiPP's A-Z of pregnancy & child health

The A-Z contains information on many aspects of pregnancy 
and child health. It is arranged alphabetically so you can find what you are looking for with ease. If you are at all concerned about your health or your child’s health, please consult your health professional.


Immunisations help to protect your baby against a variety of potentially serious illnesses. Your health visitor or GP surgery will advise you when your baby should have his or her jabs. They are generally carried out around 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 4 months, 12 months and 13 months, with further boosters at 3+ years.

The following website can provide useful information on immunisations and your child:

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Common in children, this is a highly contagious skin infection. It can affect the skin on any part of the body, but is more common around the nose and mouth. Small, fluid-filled blisters appear and then burst, drying to yellowy crusts. Because it is highly contagious, see your GP immediately and avoid contact with other children until the scabs go. Flannels, towels, pillowcases etc should not be shared and should be washed at high temperatures after use. Impetigo can normally be successfully treated with antibiotic cream. If the condition does not respond, however, or is widespread and severe, oral antibiotics will be prescribed. Your child should be able to return to school or nursery after 48 hours of antibiotic treatment, or when the sores have crusted and healed. Avoid contact with newborn babies until this time, too.

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Some women suffer indigestion in early pregnancy. Here are some things that you can do to help relieve it:

  • Try keeping a food diary to check whether certain foods make the problem worse
  • Avoid carbonated drinks
  • Eat little and often and avoid big meals
  • Avoid eating too close to bedtime
  • Don't drink too much with your meals - drink more between meals
  • Avoid clothes that are too tight round your waist and tummy
  • Don't chew gum
  • Avoid becoming constipated
  • Try exercising

If the above do not help, talk to your pharmacist or GP about remedies for indigestion that are safe to take during pregnancy.

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Induction Of Labour

Labour may be induced by breaking the waters (ARM - artificial rupture of membranes) and/or inserting a prostaglandin pessary in the vagina. An oxytocin drip may also be set up to stimulate contractions.

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Inherited Blood Conditions

Conditions such as thalassaemia and sickle cell disease occur mainly in people whose family origin is African, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, Asian or Mediterranean. During early pregnancy, the midwife or doctor will establish any risk and give information, advice and support.

More information about thalassaemia can be obtained from The UK Thalassaemia Society:

Contact the Sickle Cell society for more information, advice and support on this condition:

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Iron And Babies

The stores of iron a child is born with start to run out at about 6 months, so the inclusion of iron rich foods in the diet is important. Lack of iron may lead to anaemia, which can affect a child's physical and mental development. Meat is a good source of iron, as are fish, eggs, lentils and beans. To improve iron absorption, give foods or drinks which are rich in vitamin C, e.g. fruit or diluted fruit juice at the same meal. Follow-on Milks such as HiPP Organic Follow on milk also contain useful levels of iron.

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Itchy Skin

It is not uncommon to have itchy skin during pregnancy, particularly around your growing bump and breasts as your skin stretches. Try using mild/unscented soap/shower gel and rinse well. Massage an unscented moisturiser in to your skin.

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