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03/09/19

Guide to help parents and carers with common ‘back to school’ children’s illnesses

As children return to school after the summer holidays – a prime time for illnesses to spread – parent and carers are reminded to check out a local NHS booklet with guidance when children are feeling poorly.

GPs from the three NHS Bradford district and Craven clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) put the guide together, which gives advice about managing common childhood illnesses at home and identifying when you should get further help from local health and care services.

The booklet is small enough to keep in a pocket or fit into a drawer at home for easily accessible advice about a range of illnesses including asthma, ear infections and fever. 

Feeling poorly

Dr Anne Connolly, GP and clinical lead at NHS Bradford district and Craven CCGs said: “It’s never nice when children are poorly and it’s natural to worry. We all want to do our best to make sure children we look after feel better as soon as possible.

“There are some simple things that we can do at home that can make a difference. My top tip is to keep some medicines in a convenient place at home. You could keep a thermometer, plasters, creams for nappy rash and painkillers for children such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. But, please remember to keep those little fingers away from the medicines cabinet!

“It’s also important to use the right strength of medicine for the age of your child and use sugar free options where you can. Medicines also have use-by dates so if you’ve got some medicines left over in the cupboard from previous years, it’s worth checking that they are still in date.”

Copies of the guide can be downloaded at: http://bit.ly/feelingpoorly or people can bookmark the page on their smartphone to access it easily on the move.

Paper copies of the guide are available in various locations across Bradford district and Craven including pharmacies, GP practices and hospitals.

Dr Connolly added: “Parents and carers know their children better than anyone else, so it’s also important to know where to go when you’re worried and need more help.

“If people are unsure where to go and think that their child has an urgent medical problem, use the NHS 111 service by visiting 111.nhs.uk online or by dialing 111 on your phone. NHS 111 is a free service which runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

 

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