Alleviating anxiety after a child's asthma diagnosis Steve Holmes and Jane Scullion consider how best to address parental worries after their child is diagnosed with asthma. Childhood rashes, in images Childhood diseases which present as rashes are common and treatable, but can be a cause for concern. Jean Watkins provides an overview of the causes and outcomes for seven common conditions. Hand, foot and mouth disease Hand, foot and mouth disease is a highly infectious disease which commonly affects young children, says Suneeta Kochhar. Assessing and managing atopic eczema in children Atopic eczema is not always recognised as serious, but it can have a significant impact on children's quality of life, explains Sandra Lawton. Alcohol, probiotics, diabetes In-depth analysis of the latest research. Compiled by Mark Greener. Allergic rhinitis in children Rebecca Batt discusses the effects of seasonal allergic rhinitis on children and the treatment options available. Infant skin conditions Birthmarks and rashes frequently cause concern in parents. Jean Watkins provides an overview of the causes and outcomes for seven common newborn skin problems. Itching in young children Itching is one of the most common dermatological complaints seen in practice. Jean Watkins discusses the causes and treatments in children. Managing functional constipation in childhood Effective initial evacuation and appropriate maintenance therapy are vital for successfully treating constipation in children, June Rogers writes. Universal flu vaccination for children gets underway Workloads will increase but benefits should include fewer cases and lower mortality rates. Laura Craig, explains the influenza immunisation programme. Childhood rashes in pictures A number of rashes symptomatic of common diseases of childhood are seen in infants and children, and it is important to be able to distinguish between them to deliver correct therapeutic advice, writes Dr Jean Watkins Management of preschool wheezing in the community Prednisolone has been over-used for viral- induced preschool wheeze and should be used in only severely ill children, write Laura Crosby, Abigail Mee and Siba Prosad Paul Pneumonia, diabetes and prostate cancer In-depth analysis of the latest research, compiled by Mark Greener Coeliac disease in children Coeliac disease is an autoimmune inflammatory systemic disease caused by exposure to 'gluten' in genetically susceptible individuals. A child with groin swelling Nurses must carefully examine swellings of the groin in children in case emergency referral is needed, write Sarah Henning, Meera Thayalan, and Siba Prosad Paul The management of fever in children Fever should not automatically be considered harmful in children, although it may cause distress and discomfort, write Siba Prosad Paul, Abigail Mee, and Joseph Mayhew Treating pneumonia in children Early recognition and treatment of pneumonia is associated with better outcomes, write Dr Siba Prosad Paul and Dr Jaspreet Kaur Bains Treating childhood meningitis Childhood meningitis needs early recognition and management. Management of children with constipation in the community Constipation is a common childhood problem but involves a wide range of factors, write Siba Prosad Paul, Candy Lam and Cathy Dewdney Addressing overweight and obesity in babies and infants Managing childhood obesity is challenging, involving engagement with the child, his or her parents and whole family. Managing food allergy and food intolerance in infants Between 5- 6 per cent of young children in the UK suffer from a food allergy, which appear to be becoming increasingly common. Treating asthma in children: the stepwise approach Children's asthma symptoms can be difficult to diagnose and a full history is necessary, writes Ann McMurray Pills, pollution and probiotics In-depth analysis of the latest research, compiled by Mark Greener Treating acute pain in children Following initial assessment, repeated checks must be made in order to control pain, writes Jean Watkins Glue ear Glue ear or otitis media with effusion (OME) is an increasingly frequent presentation in primary care and the most common reason for childhood surgery; however, there are presently no proven effective medical treatments.