Children's health starts at home

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 23 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:0

This children's issue of the BMJ is intended not just for paediatricians but for all readers who are parents, encounter children in their work, or remember being treated themselves as a child. Media coverage of children's health issues tends to focus on dramatic advances or emergency situations in hospitals, but the main threats to children's health are far more ordinary. Often these dangers are in their homes and have repercussions that extend to adult life.

On p 1545 Masud Hoghughi argues that “parenting is probably the …

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