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CHILD HEALTH INFORMATION & ADVICE

ALLERGIES

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ASTHMA & INHALERS

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BED WETTING / ENURESIS

For advice and information, contact ERIC (Enuresis Resource Information Centre).

BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT

  • Stay calm - don't get dragged into long winded conversations
  • Use eye contact and say your child's name when asking them to do something
  • Use short assertive sentences such as "Tommy I want you to pick up your toys"
  • Repeat it 3 times if need be
  • Use rewards and strategies age appropriately
  • Attend a 'Coping with Kids Course' or short sessions provided by your Health Visitor

For more advice speak to your Health Visitor or come along to your local Health Zone

CONSTIPATION & SOILING

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DIABETES CARE

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DIARRHOEA AND VOMITING

  • Give regular small amounts of fluids
  • Give your baby their normal milk feed
  • If tolerated, offer a light bland diet to children over 6 months
  • If your child has a very high temperature give the relevant dose of Paracetamol
  • See GP if symptoms do not improve after 24 hours OR if your baby / child is lethargic, not taking fluids and has dry nappies for a longer than usual period.
  • It is normal for your baby to be off food/milk for a few days after a D&V bug
  • D&V is infectious, stay away from areas where there are well children and babies

ECZEMA

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EPILEPSY

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FEBRILE SEIZURES

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KEEPING COOL IN SUMMER

Children suffer if they get too hot

  • Keep out of the sun, between 11-3 (it is hot at 8am July/Aug)
  • Stay cool, loose cotton clothes, or a vest and nappy for babies
  • Windows open, shutters/curtains closed, + fans on
  • Use cool showers
  • Drink regularly – water or juice, eat foods with high water content, melon, salad, jelly and ice pops are useful
  • Watch for signs of dehydration - dry nappies, dry lips and lethargy
  • Apply sun cream Factor 30+ reapply frequently
  • Wear a hat, cover up and seek shade
  • Seek medical help if concerned

For more information speak to a Health Professional or visit www.dh.gov.uk

MINOR ILLNESSES

Minor illnesses such as coughs and colds can be treated in the home:

  • Give plenty of fluids - lollies, jelly, melon and cucumber all have a high water content
  • Saline nasal drops may loosen blocked noses
  • Give paracetamol or ibuprofen if your child has a very high temperature or is in pain or discomfort
  • Remember good hand washing techniques will prevent it spreading to other family members

MENNINGITIS & SEPTICEMIA

Menningitis & Septicemia affects 3500 people each year in the UK.
Make sure you keep watch for the following signs and symptoms:

  • Fever +/- vomiting
  • Severe headache
  • Rash (pin prick rash or purple bruises)
  • Blotchy pale skin or turning blue.
  • Stiff neck (less common in young children)
  • Dislike bright lights (less common in young children)
  • Very sleepy/vacant/difficult to wake
  • Confused
  • May have seizures (fit)
  • Babies may have a bulging soft spot on the top of their head and may have a high pitched cry or moan.
  • Children my refuse to eat, may be irritable and may not want to be touched or held, may have a stiff body or be floppy and toddlers may not be able to stand up.
  • Babies become very ill very quickly – trust your instincts if you think your child may have symptoms please see the GP.  

PREPARATION FOR THEATRE

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PREPARATION FOR VENEPUNCTURE

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SLEEPING

  • Sleep problems can develop at any time. Not all children or babies require the same amount of sleep, and some take it in small chunks and others in longer bursts
  • Sleep is often disturbed at times, during periods of illness or change, i.e. moving house, frequent trips away or visitors
  • The key to any sleep problem is routine. Try to keep your child's routine as normal as possible.
  • Enlist the help of your partner, family member or friend

URINE INFECTIONS

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WATER SAFETY

Babies and toddlers are particularly at risk of drowning. In the last 6 years, 30 children (UK) under 10 have drowned by falling into a pool. SSAFA Health Visitors urge all parents to ensure that:

  • Children up to the age of 8 are supervised at all times around water
  • Do not rely on bathing aids. They are not safety devices and babies can wriggle out of them
  • Pools are fenced off and be aware of neighbours or friends pools which may not be

For more information please speak to your Health Professional or visit www.capt.org.uk

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