Many children suffer from common but often treatable conditions which can worsen if not treated correctly.
Healthcare leaders have joined forces to provide a guide to three common childhood health issues so that parents and carers can self-treat, visit their GP, or call NHS 111, and know what to do in an emergency.
The three illnesses are:
- Head injury
- Diarrhoea and Vomiting
- Bronchiolitis (more than just a cold, an infection of the lower airways)
Dr Sooraj Natarajan, local GP and Clinical Lead on Children’s health for the Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, said: “Advice on these common ailments is often simple in the early stages of illness, even in very young children. Parents sometimes panic, but there are often ways to care for a child at home, or with the help of your local healthcare provider. Even with Head Injury that can affect children of all ages, the advice has changed slightly.
"The purpose of this campaign is to help parents to know what to do and to feel supported by the multitude of NHS services available within their local community.
"There are self care remedies every parent should have in their cupboard, including liquid paracetamol/Ibuprofen, fluid replacement sachets, antiseptic cream and wipes.
"Stay calm – be aware and know when it’s time to seek help or when you can manage your child’s illness at home
“Some children will need to go to hospital but most will not and that’s the message we want people to take away.”
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