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Guide for parents and carers to help poorly children


27 May 2021

A handy guide is available to help parent and carers look after poorly children when they have a common childhood illness, including over the bank holiday weekend.

GPs from Bradford district and Craven have put together the ‘If your child is poorly’ guide, which gives advice about managing common illnesses at home and identifying when people should get further help from local health and care services.

The booklet provides quick advice about a range of illnesses including asthma, constipation and fever.

Dr Kirsty King, a local GP and associate clinical director for children and young people at NHS Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) 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 the children we look after feel better as soon as possible.

“There are some simple things 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.”

Parents and carers can download a copy of the feeling poorly guide or people can bookmark the page on their smartphone to access it easily on the move. Translations of the guide are also available in Arabic, Polish and Slovak.

Dr Kirsty King added: “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 you’re 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.

“NHS 111 can help by directing you to the most appropriate part of the NHS, including booking an appointment for you if necessary.”

People can go online at to find information and advice on medical conditions and symptoms as well as how to find their nearest NHS services.

The NHS Bradford District and Craven CCG website also has a list of pharmacies open over the Bank Holiday weekend:

Local health, care, voluntary and local authority services are still here to help during the coronavirus pandemic. How people access services may have changed, for example, appointments with GP practices may take place over the phone or online. If someone needs a GP appointment, they should contact their local practice. People should not attend their practice in person unless asked to do so.

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