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Five short videos featuring local parents talking about toilet training, establishing sleep routines, maintaining healthy eating habits, breastfeeding and relationship changes after baby is born are among the support materials for a refreshed family health service in Leeds.

The 0-19 Public Health Integrated Nursing Service has been set up to help every child in Leeds get off to the best possible start in life and support them as they grow – and that often means offering information and peer support to parents and carers.

One of the featured parents Alan Sewell said: “Bringing up a child is one of the toughest tasks I’ve ever taken on and I agreed to share my experience so that others parents know they’re not alone and have somewhere local to get advice. The videos show a small part of a great service that looks after children from birth to adulthood and helps parents along the way. I loved being part of the videos and think it is really important that parents know what support is available. The 0-19 service is there to help and they provided valuable support to our family.”

The 0-19 Public Health Integrated Nursing Service is funded by Leeds City Council and delivered by Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust. It offers support and information to help families with a variety of common and more specialist topics – anything from bed wetting to emotional difficulties, oral health to bereavement.

Councillor Rebecca Charlwood, Leeds City Council executive member for health, wellbeing and adults, said:

“Having a baby and being a parent is a momentous step; an amazing experience which can also be hugely challenging. These videos are a great way for parents to share their own experiences and offer first-hand advice and support to other parents.

“They are part of our new, public health integrated nursing service which uses innovative ways to help and support parents to give their child the best start in life. Research shows that investing in the early years of a child’s life gives the greatest return of any life stage.

“We know that this will have a positive impact throughout a child’s life on their happiness and wellbeing and helping them to be ready for and do well at school. This new integrated nursing service is a great example of collaborative working between the council and the Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust.”

You can watch the videos and find out more about the service on www.leedscommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk/0-19Team.

 

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