Most babies, toddlers and children will get common childhood illnesses such as coughs, colds, fever, diarrhoea and vomiting. You can often treat your child at home with advice from your pharmacist, health visitor or GP.
It can be helpful to keep some medicines at home, making sure that they are well out of reach of children. You could keep a thermometer, plasters, cream for nappy rash and painkillers for children such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
Always make sure you use the right strength of medicine for the age of your child and sugar-free options where you can. Read the instructions carefully and check use by dates.
If your child is poorly booklet
Along with local GPs, we have created a handy booklet called If your child is poorly which you can download here.
The If your child is poorly booklet has lots of useful information to help you know what to do and when to get in touch with a health service when your child is feeling poorly. It has advice about how to help treat your child at home when they have a common childhood illness such as sickness and diarrhoea. Also included is some advice about asthma.
If you do need to get advice from a health service, the back page of the If your child is poorly booklet has details of where to get more help.
It may be handy to keep a copy of the If your child is poorly booklet on your smartphone or print a copy to keep.
The If your child is poorly booklet is also available to download in other languages, click on the links below to download a copy:
If you are unable to access the If your child is poorly booklet for accessibility reasons, you can visit the NHS website here (opens in a new window). The NHS website provides information about all the common childhood illnesses listed in the If your child is poorly booklet which are listed here for reference; asthma, coughs, colds and croup, constipation, ear infections, fever, sore throats and an upset tummy.
There are a number of vaccinations that your child should be given at different ages which are provided free by the NHS. You will be reminded by your GP or health visitor when it is time for your child to be vaccinated as you will need to provide your consent.
It is important that vaccinations are given on time to give the best protection, but if your child has missed a vaccination, you can contact your GP practice to arrange to catch up.
You can find a list of the vaccinations your child should be given on the NHS website (opens in a new window).
Further information about children’s health
You can visit the NHS website – www.nhs.uk (opens in a new window) – to find information about many childhood illnesses. The NHS website also has a services finder to help you find your nearest pharmacy, GP practice or hospital.
The Change 4 Life website has lots of information about keeping children and families healthy, including food facts, recipes, activities and managing your child’s weight (opens in a new window).
The NHS website has lots of information about children and young people’s services (opens in a new window). This includes information about what to do if you are worried about your child’s development or wellbeing.
Local authorities (councils) run services for children, young people and their families. You can find more information on the websites of the two councils in our area, which are Bradford Council and North Yorkshire County Council.