Parents Guide to Childhood Illnesses
Parents’ guide to common childhood illnesses including bronchiolitis, chickenpox, croup, sore throats, fevers and feverish illnesses, diarrhoea and vomiting, head injury, soft tissue injury and febrile convulsions.
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Parents’ Guide to Bronchiolitis
Bronchiolitis is a viral infection affecting the small airways of the lungs and is usually caused by RSV (respiratory syncytial virus).
Parents’ Guide to Chickenpox
Before the rash appears, your child may have some mild flu–like symptoms, including feeling sick, a high temperature, aching muscles, headache, feeling generally unwell and loss of appetite.
Parents’ Guide to Croup
Croup usually starts with a mild fever and runny nose which progresses to a sore throat, hoarse voice and a harsh barking cough.
Parents’ Guide to Sore Throat
What causes a sore throat, what is the treatment, when to contact your GP.
Parents’ Guide to Feverish Illness
A fever in a child means a temperature of over 38°C. Fevers are usually the result of viral infections that cause coughs, colds, sore throats, ear infections.
Parents’ Guide to Diarrhoea and Vomiting
It is an infection of the stomach which causes diarrhoea (runny, watery poo) and often vomiting with some tummy ache and fever.
Parents’ Guide to Head Injury
When to seek medical attention following a head injury, what to expect after a head injury and looking after your child following a head injury.
Parents’ Guide to Soft Tissue Injury
What is a soft tissue injury? What can be done to prevent further injury? How long will it take to heal?
Parents’ Guide to Febrile Convulsions
A febrile convulsion is a fit or seizure which can happen in some children when they have illnesses such as a cold and are usually associated with a high temperature (fever) above 39ºC.
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