Children's Health

Advice for parents & carers during Coronavirus

Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself.

Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured. Remember that NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done. Here is some advice from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to help:

Advice for parents / carers during coronavirus - advice poster

Advice for parents / carers of babies less than three months old during coronavirus - advice poster

Healthier Together - what do you need to know about COVID-19 and children

COVID-19 - resources for parents and carers

Children's Health

There is a good guide on the NHS website which describes various conditions affecting children. There is advice on how to diagnose them, how to treat them and if further advice should be consulted.

Infectious Illnesses in Children

Children's Health - common questions - NHS uk

Sepsis

Sepsis is life threatening. It can be hard to spot.

If you think you or someone you look after has symptoms of sepsis, call 999 or go to A&E. Trust your instincts.

 

Click on the links below for further information:

NHS uk - Sepsis

Childhood Illness Booklet - Fever

When Should I Worry?

Having an ill child can be a very scary experience for parents. If you understand more about the illness it can help you to feel more in control.

 

This booklet is for parents (and older children) and deals with common infections in children who are normally healthy.

Download the booklet

Health Visitors

Health visitors are qualified registered nurses who have undertaken further training to degree level in child health, public health and health promotion.

They work in the community, in family centres and in families’ own homes to promote health and wellbeing and to support families with all aspects of bringing up a child.

They offer the same services to all the families with children under school age, with more targeted and tailored support for those who need it. We work with parents who are pregnant or who already have children under the age of five years in the household.

Chalfont Health Visiting Team:
01753 887129

Buckinghamshire Healthcare Health Visiting website

Vaccination Queries

 We do not hold information on your child's medical record about vaccinations given at school (e.g. Men ACWY, Diptheria / Tetanus booster, BCG, HPV).

If you have a query about a vaccination that your child was given at school, please contact the Child Health Department:

For any other queries, please contact our Nurses Secretary on 01753 278948, Monday - Friday 8.30am - 12.30pm

Immunisations for at-risk children

Target Group

Age & Schedule

Disease

Vaccines required

Babies born to hepatitis B infected
mothers

At birth, four weeks, eight weeks
and Boost at one year1

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B vaccine
(Engerix B / HBvaxPRO)

Infants in areas of the country with
TB incidence >= 40/100,000

At birth

Tuberculosis

BCG

Infants with a parent or grandparent
born in a high incidence country

At birth

Tuberculosis

BCG

NHS Choices Conditions and Treatments

See the NHS uk Health A to Z for an in-depth description of many common health issues.

These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.