Common Childhood Illnesses


Please download a copy: Common Childhood Illnesses Booklet

Every parent or carer wants to know what to do when a child is ill - use this handbook to learn how to care for your child at home, when to call your GP and when to contact the Emergency Services. Most issues your child will experience are part of growing up and are often helped by talking to your Midwife, Health Visitor or School Nurse. Almost all babies, toddlers and children will get common childhood illnesses like Chickenpox, colds, sore throats and ear ache. Some of these are easily treated by your GP or at home with support from your GP or a Health Visitor rather than a trip to Accident and Emergency.

This handbook will point you in the right direction and explain what you can do at home, or where you need to go to get assistance and advice. It has been put together with help from health care professionals. Trust your instincts, you know your child better than anyone else. If you are worried you must get further advice.

This handbook also contains general welfare information which will help you keep you and your child safe and healthy.


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