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Common childhood illnesses and wellbeing

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  • Author: amyr

Every parent or carer wants to know what to do when their child is ill. Livewell Southwest has developed a really helpful resource to learn how to care for your child at home, when to call a GP and when to contact emergency services.

A parent’s guide for children aged 0-4

Most of the problems you will come up against are simply an everyday part of growing up, often helped with a chat with your midwife, health visitor or pharmacist. Almost all babies, toddlers and children will get the most common childhood illnesses like chickenpox, colds, sore throats and ear infections. While these are not very nice at the time they are easy to treat by your GP or at home with the support from a GP or health visitor rather than an unnecessary trip to A&E.

This handbook helps point you in the right direction and explains what you can do at home to help, or where you need to go to get assistance and advice. It has been put together with help from healthcare professionals. If you are worried you must get further advice. Trust your instincts, you know your child better than anybody else. It also contains general welfare information which will help you keep you and your child safe and healthy.

Lots more information and advice can be found on our common childhood illnesses for children aged 0-4 website, click here to view.

A parent’s guide for children aged 5-11

During these years we can start to lay the foundations for positive long-term development.

It is also the perfect time for families to adopt a positive attitude to their health and wellbeing.

If you are confident you are doing all you can to make sure your children are safe, well-nourished, play and learn actively and create opportunities which build social and emotional confidence, you can rest assured that you are doing all you can to lay the path for a happy and positive future.

As well as general wellbeing, our 5-11 handbook will help you to understand when is the right time to call NHS 111, visit your GP, chat to your school nurse or take a visit to your local pharmacy.

Every parent wants to know what to do if their child is unwell and how to recognise the signs. Trust your instincts, you know your child best, so if you are worried get further advice.

More information about who can help and support you, illnesses and conditions and wellbeing can be found on our children aged 5-11 website, click here to view.