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Childhood Illnesses

Dated: 29-Feb-16

All children experience common illnesses like coughs, colds and chickenpox; they are all part of growing up.

Antibiotics are not needed for every illness and using them unnecessarily means they are less likely to work when we need them and could expose your child to side effects.

Instead, treating your child’s illness yourself or with advice and medicines from your local pharmacy, can often be the easiest and quickest way to help your child get better.

This starts with a well-stocked medicine cabinet, which should be kept securely out of your child’s reach. Be prepared with a digital thermometer, children’s liquid painkillers, decongestant or vapour-rub, oral rehydration sachets, antiseptic cream, calamine lotion, teething gel and plasters.

You can also get medical advice from your GP, health visitor, midwife, school nurse or by calling NHS 111 for free, 24 hours a day. In most cases you can get the help and advice you need from these professional rather than going to A&E.

Childhood illnesses leaflet

Check out the new local childhood illnesses leaflet. It can help you identify and treat illnesses and give you information about who to contact for more help.
The leafelt has been developed in partnership between Herts Valleys CCG and East and North Herts CCG and it has been extremely popular.

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