There will be times when you may be worried that your child is unwell and it is important that you know what to do and where to go for advice. There is a wide range of help available – from local pharmacies, your health visitor and GP, to out of hours and A&E.
Some of the more common illnesses and infections that your child may experience are detailed below, along with advice about how to treat these conditions.
- Coughs, colds and ear infections in children
- When should I worry? – Your guide to coughs, colds, earache and sore throats (for babies over 6 months)
- Fever in Children
- Self-help guide: Fever in babies
- Vomiting in children and babies
- Skin rashes in children
- Infectious illnesses in children
- When to stay off nursery
The following are rarer, but very serious, conditions.
MENINGITIS is an infection of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord (meninges). Your baby will be offered vaccines (immunisations) which protect again some of the most common causes of meningitis and septicaemia however these do not prevent against all forms of the disease. It is therefore very important to recognise the symptoms as early recognition and treatment give the best chance of a good recovery.
SEPSIS is a rare but serious complication of an infection.
Learning simple first aid skills could save a baby or child’s life.
St John Ambulance and British Red Cross have websites providing easy to follow, step-by-step instructions and video clips. These cover a wide range of conditions and techniques, from cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to helping a choking child or baby (and much more).
Forth Valley College also offer certified Paediatric First Aid courses.