Common illnesses

Most babies, toddlers and children will get common childhood illnesses such as coughs and colds, fever, diarrhoea and vomiting. Most of the time, you can treat your child at home with advice from your pharmacist, GP or health visitor.

It is a good idea to keep a small supply of useful medicines in a locked cabinet or somewhere up high where your child cannot reach them. NHS Choices provides further advice on which medicines are common for treating illness in children. It is important to make sure you have the right strength of medicine for the age of your child. Always follow instructions and read the label carefully and check use by dates. Try and use sugar-free options where you can.

In your medicine cabinet you could keep a thermometer, plasters, liquid painkillers such as baby paracetamol or ibuprofen and barrier creams. 

In Bradford and districts there is a scheme which means that medicines to help treat some minor illnesses are available free of charge to patients who are exempt from prescription charges. You can ask at your local pharmacy for more information.

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