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23/04/19

New guide for parents and carers to help poorly children

As children go back to school after the holidays, it’s prime time for illnesses to spread. A new handy guide has been released to help people look after poorly children when they have a common childhood illness like a cough or cold.

The ‘feeling poorly’ guide has been put together by local GPs from the three NHS Bradford district and Craven clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). It aims to give advice about managing common illnesses at home and identifying when you should get further help from local health and care services.

The guide is small enough to keep in a pocket, changing bag or fit into a small drawer at home for quick advice about a range of illnesses including asthma, constipation and fever. 

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Dr Anne Connolly, GP and clinical lead at NHS Bradford district and Craven CCGs said: “It’s never nice when children are poorly and it’s natural to worry. We all want to do our best to make sure children we look after feel better as soon as possible.

“There are some simple things that we can do at home that can make a difference. My top tip is to keep some medicines in a convenient place at home. You could keep a thermometer, plasters, creams for nappy rash and painkillers for children such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. But, please remember to keep those little fingers away from the medicines cabinet!

“It’s also important to use the right strength of medicine for the age of your child and use sugar free options where you can. Medicines also have use-by dates so if you’ve got some medicines left over in the cupboard from previous years, it’s worth checking that they are still in date.”

You can download a copy of the feeling poorly guide here, or people can bookmark the page on their smartphone to access it easily on the move.

People can find paper copies of the guide in various locations across Bradford district and Craven including pharmacies, GP practices and hospitals.

Parents and carers know their children better than anyone else, so it’s also important to know where to go when you’re worried and need more help. If people are unsure where to go and think that their child has an urgent medical problem, call NHS 111 which is fast, free to call and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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