Working life: Niamh Lynch, paediatrician

7.15am
The alarm goes off about four times before I get up. 

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on heartburn and nail cutting

My husband is in his 50s and over the last couple of months he has had heartburn and acid reflux on a number of occasions after eating.

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Natural health remedies for facial flushing and bladder infections

My daughter suffers from facial flushing — she blushes as red as a beet if she is nervous or embarrassed. 

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New boyfriend excites my ex more than I did

I’m 18 and my girlfriend dumped me recently. I was ready for it to end, but my ex says that her new boyfriend excites her much more than I ever did. 

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The shape I’m in: Eoin Colfer, children’s laureate

EOIN Colfer is on sabbatical in Dublin with his family. They moved from Wexford town to Monkstown a few months ago and, from cafes to theatres, are loving life in the big city.

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50 shades of class and style for older women

Margaret Jennings talks to a former fashion editor who believes in dressing to match your unique style and not your age.

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Dad’s world with Jonathan deBurca Butler

THE path of true parenting rarely runs smooth. So when last week myself and Ciara had a rare moment of pater et mater harmonium we were a little tickled.

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Online and in the shops

TOP TOYS: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… for toy retailers anyway. Argos released the first list of Top Toys for Christmas 2015 in June and some are already available in stores.

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How to get your baby to sleep tight

NEW research from Swansea University has found that more than three- quarters of babies aged between six and 12 months still regularly wake at least once in the night, with six out of 10 of them having one or more night-time milk feeds.

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How to keep kids well when travelling by car

FOR many families this summer, the excitement of a holiday trip can be punctured by the words ‘I’m sick’ coming from the back seat of the car.

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Family-friendly tips when travelling with kids

There are many family- friendly measures to help when travelling with kids — from concierge services to check-in services on the previous evening, says Marjorie Brennan.

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Check it out: Sworkit Lite, free

Workout wherever you are to the beat of your favourite music with this app. 

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In the news - online

BEER TOXINS: Big beer drinkers who down as much as two pints a day may be exposing themselves to harmful levels of fungal toxins, a study has found. 

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Ways to manage the menopause

ON average, women start the menopause at 51, though it can begin much earlier (before the age of 40, it’s known as ’premature menopause’).

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The shape I’m in: Judi Curtin, author

FOR some change comes with a significant birthday or the new year but Judi Curtin waited for the millennium before she decided to start writing novels for children.

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Take your workouts outdoors today

Take your workouts outdoors for a dose of fresh air and some much-needed vitamin D, says Amanda Khouv.

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3rd Age: Age is no barrier to learning technology

After raising her children, Breda Grinsell returned to college to study business information systems at the age of 54. She’s enjoying the challenge, says Marjorie Brennan.

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Dad’s world with Jonathan deBurca Butler

IRELAND’S literary (or perhaps that should be literacy future) is safe. 

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Online and in the shops

DOWN ON THE FARM: Urban farm and food gardens Airfield has lots of activities to keep families entertained over the summer.

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What to do if your child is being ignored by a grandparent

IT’S common enough for children to perceive that a grandparent prefers a sibling or cousin over them.

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