Local parents, grandparents and carers across mid Essex are now able to seek guidance from a new advice booklet for when their child becomes ill.
The Common Childhood Illnesses and Wellbeing handbook is an extensive and informative guide for anyone who cares for a child aged from birth to 11 years old.
It gives advice on how to spot signs of illness and what to do for minor conditions such as coughs and colds, fever, dry skin and rashes, chicken pox, bumps and bruises.
Information on mental health and wellbeing, healthy lifestyles and advice on some more serious conditions like meningitis and sepsis is also covered in the booklet.
There’s also a handy section on when you should keep your child home from school.
Dr Caroline Dollery, Chair of Mid Essex CCG and a GP in Danbury, said: “When a child falls ill, a lot of parents and carers naturally become very anxious and unsure about what they should do or which health service to access.
“This new guide is an extremely informative and beneficial resource on how to deal with the most common illnesses in young children.
It can be used to learn how to care for a child at home, when to call a doctor and when to contact emergency services alongside other useful local information and contacts.
“A lot of hard work and effort has gone into producing the guide but it has been extremely worthwhile and I am sure local parents, grandparents and carers will benefit from it.”
A series of free workshops hosted by local GPs and clinicians have also been planned to accompany the launch of the guide which anyone is welcome to attend.
Both the workshops and guide are part of the CCGs wider strategy to reduce unnecessary and inappropriate hospital attendances for paediatric patients allowing the paediatric team to care for and treat those patients that really need to be in A&E.
In 2015/16, the CCG spent more than £1 million in relation to children attending Broomfield Hospital A&E where no investigation was carried out and no treatment was given – just advice and guidance. The projected cost for advice given in A&E could increase this year (2016/17) to £1.8 million.
To download an electronic version of the guide please visit: www.midessexccg.nhs.uk/your-health-services/your-health/childhood-illnesses.